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IMAGES FROM THE JIM CROW SOUTH. With text and haikus by Richard Wright.

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images from the jim crow south

IMAGES FROM THE JIM CROW SOUTH

With text and haikus by

Richard Wright

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“I was building up in me a dream which the entire educational system of the South had been rigged to stifle. I was feeling the very thing that the state of Mississippi had spent millions of dollars to make sure that I would never feel; I was becoming more aware of the thing that the Jim Crow laws had been drafted and passed to keep out of my consciousness; I was acting on impulses that southern senators in the nation’s capital had striven to keep out of Negro life; I was beginning to dream the dreams that the state had said were wrong, that the schools had said were taboo.”

- Richard Wright in Black Boy, Chapter 7

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I am nobody:A red sinking autumn sunTook my name away.

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2.

I give permission

For this slow spring rain to soak

The violet beds.

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3.

With a twitching nose

A dog reads a telegram

On a wet tree trunk.

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4.

Burning autumn leaves,

I yearn to make the bonfire

Bigger and bigger.

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5.

A sleepless spring night:

Yearning for what I never had

And for what never was.

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