March 26, 2013

I Need to Know


I need to know
My original name
I need to know
Without any shame

I need to know
About African slave castles
I need to know
About White slave masters

I need to know
About the slave trade
I need to know
How America was made

I need to know
About the Middle Passage
I need to know
About lynching and lashes

I need to know
My father, my mother
I need to know
My sister, my brother

I need to know
About the Amistaad
I need to know
That Africans had heart

I need to know
About the dirty south
I need to know
About the plantation house

I need to know
About brother Nat Turner
I need to know
About sister Sojourner

I need to know
About the laws of Jim Crow
I need to know
About a minstrel show

I need to know
About emancipation
I need to know
About segregation

I need to know
About Madame C. J. Walker
I need to know
About Justice Thurgood Marshall

I need to know
About the ideas of Malcolm X
I need to know
What Dr. King's dream meant

I need to know
About my family tree
I need to know
About my history

I need to know
The color of my skin
I need to know
The truth within


Copyrighted 2008 Latorial Faison
from 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History Volume 2