I, Too (The Sista’s Version)

Inspiration can come from out of no where sometimes. And I was minding my business when I stumbled upon a post from @hannahdrake628 of WriteSomeShit called Black Women for 2021 Mind The Business that Minds You.

In her post, she said “I believe that for 2021 it is time for Black Women to reclaim their time, worth, and energy.” She went on to say “it is time for Black Women to stop living a back burner existence.”

Her post was the kind that would have you responding like this as you read it…

But it also got me thinking about Langston Hughes’ poem I, Too. Here is my version of his historic verses. I call mine I, Too: The Sista’s Version:

I, too am America.


I am the darker sister

They give me an apron

To clean their kitchens, And care for their children

They want me to disappear

When company comes,

But I smile,

And make plans,

And dream dreams,



Tomorrow,

I’ll have a seat at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me

“You don’t belong here,”

Then.



Besides,

They already know how BEAUTIFUL I AM 

But

They’ll see how BRILLIANT I AM

And be ashamed—-


I, too am America.

Thank you hannahdrake628 for your #everydayinspiration for the sistas!

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