"Dark Symphony" (Melvin B. Tolson)

"They tell us to forget The Golgotha we tread... We who are scourged with hate, A price upon our head. They who have shackled us Require of us a song, They who have wasted us Bid us o'erlook the wrong. . . . Oh, how can we forget Our human rights denied? Oh, how can we forget Our manhood crucified? When justice is profaned And plea with curse is met, When Freedom's gates are barred, Oh, how can we forget?"

"They tell us to forget
The Golgotha we tread...
We who are scourged with hate,
A price upon our head.
They who have shackled us
Require of us a song,
They who have wasted us
Bid us o'erlook the wrong. .
.
.
Oh, how can we forget
Our human rights denied?
Oh, how can we forget
Our manhood crucified?
When justice is profaned
And plea with curse is met,
When Freedom's gates are barred,
Oh, how can we forget?"

U.S.A. / 1939

I read this poem today and was totally wowed. Tolson was a poet, playwright, professor, debate team coach, football coach and Poet Laureate of Liberia - amongst many other fascinating thing.  This is a small excerpt from an epic poem. It is considered his masterpiece and it is especially relevant today. Tolson's question rang true in 1939 and still does today: How can we forget?

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