Other than school, my primary influence in the realm of African-American literature was my mother. A passion I enjoy to this day. Today, I would like to share a favorite from Gwendolyn Brooks. This poem has a message that all of us need to understand and embrace every day.
Speech to the Young: Speech to Progress-Toward
Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
“even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night.”
You will be right.
For that is the hard home-run.
Live not for battles won.
Live not for the-end-of-the-song.
Live in the along.