Black History Month

Published: February 12, 2020

Poems For Black History Month

25 Poems For Black History Month

One of the celebrations that takes place during February is Black History Month. It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. The world of poetry has been touched by these individuals. Poets like Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou have helped to encourage, influence, and change the world with their words.

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  1. When Great Trees Fall

    in Famous Death Poems

    When great trees fall,
    rocks on distant hills shudder,
    lions hunker down
    in tall grasses,

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    It wasn't until I lost my son recently that I can understand this poem. My son's life and his untimely death has forever altered my soul and my existence. I always considered myself a...

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  2. Phenomenal Woman

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I'm telling lies.

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    I grew up with beautiful sisters, and I was the ugly duckling. To this day I feel their jealousy, and they will never give me respect. I walk proud, and people like me. I'm successful,...

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  4. Still I Rise

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

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    You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may tread me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I'll rise.

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    The courage is evident. Our world needs social justice to reign above everything else. No one has the right to say he or she is better than anyone else. We are all on this earth with an...

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  5. Mother, A Cradle To Hold Me

    in Famous Family Poems

    It is true
    I was created in you.
    It is also true
    That you were created for me.

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  7. Human Family

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    I note the obvious differences
    in the human family.
    Some of us are serious,
    some thrive on comedy.

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    I love this poem but had not heard it until it was played as part of an advertisement. I have no idea what the ad concerned, however, I had to have a copy of this poem. Wish Mr. Trump could...

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  8. Alone

    in Famous Friendship Poems

    Lying, thinking
    Last night
    How to find my soul a home
    Where water is not thirsty

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    I strongly agree with Maya Angelou. Her poem reflects a timely theme. At any age a person might suffer due to loneliness, but worse in the old age. Then one needs physical as well as...

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  9. Dreams

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

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    Hold fast to dreams
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird
    That cannot fly.

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    It is an interesting poem with two very powerful metaphors. Really dreams empower men to reach their targets in life.

  10. Caged Bird

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    The free bird leaps
    on the back of the wind
    and floats downstream
    till the current ends

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    I remember this poem from my guided reading class in 5th grade. I remember it well. This poem really touched me, and reading it again just made my day. This poem, I remember it being about...

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  11. Mother To Son

    in Famous Family Poems

    Well, son, I'll tell you:
    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
    It's had tacks in it,
    And splinters,

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    I was not a very good student when I was in school. I did the minimal amount of work required, retained little and barely paid attention. In 1965, my 8th grade English teacher read MOTHER TO...

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  12. On Aging

    in Famous Family Poems

    When you see me sitting quietly,
    Like a sack left on the shelf,
    Don’t think I need your chattering.
    I’m listening to myself.

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    Reading this poem was very heartfelt and personal. Maya Angelou has always been my favorite author of all times, but reading this particular poem reminds me of my grandmother who I was lucky...

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