Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people.
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie by Maya Angelou
Book Description: (From Amazon.com) From this best-selling author comes a marvelous collection of poetry. Poems of love and regret, of racial strife and confrontation, songs of the people and songs of the heart - all are charged with Maya Angelou’s zest for life and her rage at injustice. Lyrical, tender poems of longing, wry glances at betrayal and isolation combine with a fierce insight into ‘hate and hateful wrath’ in an unforgettable picture of the hopes and concerns of one of America’s finest contemporary Black writers.
Opinion on this book: This is the book that made me fall in love with poetry.
Favorite Part: This book found me at a point in my life when I was very young and very, on the verge of destruction. There are so many great poems in this book. For me however, it was a single poem that changed my outlook on life, my future and the world around me. It’s called, “The Calling of Names.”
Recommend it? Yes! There are so many poems in this book that resonate with the social climate of today. It’s a little difficult to find this book for purchase now because it’s out of print. Although, plenty of libraries still have a copy! Check out The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou here! It’s free and it includes a copy of this book!