Black History Poems For Kids

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  • A piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure
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  • (poetic) of or relating to poetry; "poetic works"; "a poetic romance"
  • (poem) a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
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black history poems for kids - The Collected
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
"The ultimate book for both the dabbler and serious scholar--. [Hughes] is sumptuous and sharp, playful and sparse, grounded in an earthy music--. This book is a glorious revelation."--Boston Globe

Spanning five decades and comprising 868 poems (nearly 300 of which have never before appeared in book form), this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America--and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman. Here, for the first time, are all the poems that Langston Hughes published during his lifetime, arranged in the general order in which he wrote them and annotated by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel.

Alongside such famous works as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and Montage of a Dream Deferred, The Collected Poems includes the author's lesser-known verse for children; topical poems distributed through the Associated Negro Press; and poems such as "Goodbye Christ" that were once suppressed. Lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical, the result is a treasure of a book, the essential collection of a poet whose words have entered our common language.

Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas
part 1 of St Nicholas Day Triptych. Depicts Saint Nicholas. He was a 4th century Greek priest revered by both the orthodox and catholic churches. He is the model for modern Santa Claus (from Dutch Sinterklaas) known for giving coins to poor children. He is also the patron saint of sailors. Several tales exist about his miracles: Providing 3 dowries for 3 poor women, saving three condemned men, resurrecting children who were butchered and barreled as hams during a famine, and reportedly during another famine he urged sailors of a ship loaded with wheat for the Byzantine emperor to unload some of the wheat for the poor. He promised that they would not be punished for it and when they arrived in Constantinople the entire weight of wheat was still in the hold. He probably did not travel to Europe but Saint Nicholas Day, through the Catholic Church, is celebrated on December 5th. Children put out their boots and if they were good he leaves apples, oranges, chocolate, nuts, cookies, candy, and coins. Naughty children however may have to meet his helper, Rupelz a burly farmhand who wields a switch of twigs to spank naughty children. He carries a book for the saint containing all the children's transgressions and will usually let them off with appropriate prayers and remorse for their naughtiness and the Saint fills their boot. The most naughty children get put in Rupelz's sack and hauled off into the Black Forest never to be seen again! (Coal in your stocking seems like a pretty good deal doesn't it? The Germans know how to keep kids in line - even Santa is rigidly authoritarian and uncompromisingly harsh!) This version of Saint Nicholas day is particular to my Wife's region of the Black Forest. Different regions of Southern Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland have different versions. The Saint's helper ranges from pleasant angels in Belgium to Satan himself in Austria. The Austrian version is known as Krampas and is generally a horned demon whom Saint Nicholas leads around on a chain (symbolizing his domination over the devil) and reels him out to horrified children before finally filling their boots with goodies. An Austrian colleague (~65 years old) of mine recalls the terror of hearing the chain jangle as it came through the village. Ho Ho Ho. In researching this tradition a bit it has become clear that Rupelz is actually French, specific to the Rhine Valley region. This is fascinating. My wife's region of the Black Forest is very close to the Rhine valley and somehow Rupelz found his way, long ago to her village. More fascinating is that almost nobody there seems to know this because it has been that way for so many generations. In America here we have only been here about 250 years and these have not evolved in the same manner (although there are certainly ancient Native American legends and lore but sadly so many of these have been lost and excluded - but that's another discussion). Interestingly my hometown of the lower Hudson River Valley is heavily influenced by the early Dutch colonists. The Santa Claus tradition was brought and practiced here. Washington Irving described it and another author, C. Clement Moore sowed the seed of the modern American Santa Claus with his poem "A Visit by Saint Nicholas" (notice Nicholas' name has been Anglicized) which described flying reindeer, entering through the chimney, etc... I recently discovered that this legend is celebrated in Rhinebeck NY. The helper is apparently named "Grumpus" and is similar to Rupelz. Finally I am fascinated by ancient European history and have been wondering what elements of remnants of pre-Christian Europe. Christmas trees, wreaths, mistletoe are formerly pagan and the name Yule comes from ancient Germanic festivals. In my depiction Nicholas is the 4th century, Greek priest. Rupelz is a 4th century peasant and Europe was a harsh dangerous place to travel at night highlighting the devotion to the poor.
27years 207 days jim
27years 207 days  jim
jim morrisonThe 27 Club, also occasionally known as the Forever 27 Club, Club 27 or the Curse of 27, is the title for an epitomic group of influential musicians who all died at the age of 27. They are generally considered to have led a "rock and roll" lifestyle. The 27 Club consists of two related phenomena, both in the realm of popular culture. The first is a list of seven famous musicians who died at age 27—blues singer and musician Robert Johnson (who is considered to be the first member of the 27 Club by some critics), Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse. The second is the idea that many other notable musicians have also died at the age of 27. Musicians usually included in the 27 ClubThe impetus for the club's creation were the deaths of Jones, Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison. Cobain, who died in 1994, was later added by some, as well as Winehouse in 2011 due to extensive media coverage of her death relating to the club. With the exception of Joplin and Winehouse, there is controversy surrounding their deaths. According to the book Heavier Than Heaven, when Cobain died, his sister claimed that as a kid he would talk about how he wanted to join the 27 Club. On the fifteenth anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, National Public Radio's Robert Smith said, "The deaths of these rock stars at the age of 27 really changed the way we look at rock music." James Douglas "Jim" Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American lead singer and lyricist of the rock band The Doors, as well as a poet. Jim Morrison would often improvise poem passages while the band played live, which was his trademark. He is widely regarded, with his wild personality and performances, as one of the most iconic, charismatic and pioneering frontmen in rock music history. Morrison was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", and number 22 on Classic Rock Magazine's "50 Greatest Singers In Rock".
black history poems for kids
The 100 Best African American Poems
Hear voices contemporary and classic as selected by New York Times bestselling author Nikki Giovanni
Award-winning poet and writer Nikki Giovanni takes on the impossible task of selecting the 100 best African American works from classic and contemporary poets. Out of necessity, Giovanni admits she cheats a little, selecting a larger, less round number.
The result is this startlingly vibrant collection that spans from historic to modern, from structured to freeform, and reflects the rich roots and visionary future of African American verse. These magnetic poems are an exciting mix of most-loved classics and daring new writing. From Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes to Tupac Shakur, Natasha Trethewey, and many others, the voice of a culture comes through in this collection, one that is as talented, diverse, and varied as its people.
African American poems are like all other poems: beautiful, loving, provocative, thoughtful, and all those other adjectives I can think of. Poems know no boundaries. They, like all Earth citizens, were born in some country, grew up on some culture, then in their blooming became citizens of the Universe. Poems fly from heart to heart, head to head, to whisper a dream, to share a condolence, to congratulate, and to vow forever. The poems are true. They are translated and they are celebrated. They are sung, they are recited, they are delightful. They are neglected. They are forgotten. They are put away. Even in their fallow periods they sprout images. And fight to be revived. And spring back to life with a bit of sunshine and caring.
-Nikki Giovanni
Gwendolyn Brooks
Kwame Alexander
Tupac Shakur
Langston Hughes
Mari Evans
Kevin Young
Asha Bandele
Amiri Baraka
Ruby Dee
Novella Nelson
Nikki Giovanni
Elizabeth Alexander
Marilyn Nelson
Sonia Sanchez
And many, many, more
Nikki Giovanni is an award-winning poet, writer, and activist. She is the author of more than two dozen books for adults and children, including Bicycles, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, Racism 101, Blues: For All the Changes, and Love Poems. Her children's book-plus-audio compilation Hip Hop Speaks to Children was awarded the NAACP Image Award. Her children's book Rosa, a picture-book retelling of the Rosa Parks story, was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. Both books were New York Times bestsellers. Nikki is a Grammy nominee for her spoken-word album The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection and has been nominated for the National Book Award. She has been voted Woman of the Year by Essence, Mademoiselle, and Ladies' Home Journal. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, where she teaches writing and literature.