"Negra Soy" [I Am Black] (Mary Grueso)

"Yo tengo una raza pura Y de ella orgullosa estoy De mis ancestros africanos Y del sonar del tambó." ("I have a pure race and of it I am proud of my African ancestors and of the sound of the drum.")

"Yo tengo una raza pura
Y de ella orgullosa estoy
De mis ancestros africanos
Y del sonar del tambó."

("I have a pure race
and of it I am proud
of my African ancestors
and of the sound of the drum.")

Colombia / Date Unknown

Mary Grueso is an Afro-Colombian poet. She was born in 1947 and studied Spanish and Literature at the Universidad de Quindio. She writes a lot about nature , transformation and Afro-Colombian identity. Her work is very important; over 30% of Colombia's population is of African descent. I couldn't find any of her work translated to English, so I did the translation on my own.  Definitely check out her work - si hablas español!

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJQudzVBJ-S/?t...