Tell me of Countee Cullen
how he lived and died
Tell me about Langston Hughes
and that terrible pain inside.
Let me hear Marion Anderson sing to Mr. Lincoln,
soothing his restless spirit with that contralto voice.
And how's Scott Joplin and his troubled bride, Treemonisha?
Still paralyzed by green pieces of paper
and sweet drink.
Oh, sometimes it makes me tremble...
Let me meet Mr. King
in a Birmingham Jail;
Let's sit by Mrs. Parks
and ride home with the Freedom riders.