Maya on Monday #2: On Working White Liberals

angelouTo read more about this series, check out last week’s post.

Today we’re sharing Maya Angelou’s On Working White Liberals, which was originally published in her book Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie in 1971.  Enjoy.

On Working White Liberals

I don’t ask the Foreign Legion
Or anyone to win my freedom
Or to fight my battle better than I can,

Though there’s one thing that I cry for
I Believe enough to die for
That is every man’s responsibility to man.

I’m afraid they’ll have to prove first
That they’ll watch the Black man move first
Then follow him with faith to kingdom come.
This rocky road is not paved for us,
So, I’ll believe in Liberals’ aid for us
When I see a white man load a Black man’s gun.

If you enjoyed this poem, check out Angelou’s The Complete Poetry (811.54 Angelou). The book was just released by Random House and is available today from Greenville Public Library. You can find the book in the New Books Room on the second floor.


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