Born today was Arna Bontemps,
One of the Harlem Renaissance gems.
Gifted poet and honored man of letters.
Unlettered whites presumed they were his betters.
“We are not come to wage a strife
With swords upon this hill.
It is not wise to waste a life
Against a stubborn will.
Yet would we die as some have done
Beating a way for the rising sun.” [“Day-Breakers” by Arna Bontemps]
Postscript: Arna Bontemps has a special place in my heart because I taught for 17 years at a Chicago public school named in his honor. Recently it was shuttered for economic reasons.