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Post by aradlaw » February 15th, 2020, 7:57 pm

At The Closed gate Of Justice by James David Corrothers (1869 - 1917)

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Continuing with our February Black History Month theme, this Weekly Poem is from The Book of American Negro Poetry (1922) by James Weldon Johnson (1871 to 1938).
James David Corrothers was an African-American poet, journalist, and minister whom editor T. Thomas Fortune called "the coming poet of the race." When he died, W. E. B. Du Bois eulogized him as "a serious loss to the race and to literature." ( Wikipedia)
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At The Closed gate Of Justice by James David Corrothers, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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To be a Negro in a day like this
Demands forgiveness. Bruised with blow on blow,
Betrayed, like him whose woe dimmed eyes gave bliss
Still must one succor those who brought one low,
To be a Negro in a day like this.

To be a Negro in a day like this
Demands rare patience — patience that can wait
In utter darkness. Tis the path to miss,
And knock, unheeded, at an iron gate,
To be a Negro in a day like this.

To be a Negro in a day like this
Demands strange loyalty. We serve a flag
Which is to us white freedom's emphasis.
Ah ! one must love when Truth and Justice lag,
To be a Negro in a day like this.

To be a Negro in a day like this —
Alas! Lord God, what evil have we done?
Still shines the gate, all gold and amethyst.
But I pass by, the glorious goal unwon,
"Merely a Negro" — in a day like this!

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Post by tovarisch » February 16th, 2020, 3:43 pm

Here is my attempt:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/closedgate_corrothers_vb_128kb.mp3 1:46

Also, David, you might want to check the first post: in the section where you have "read by ...", you should have "James David Corrothers" (not Johnson), and the poem itself ought to start with a "T"...
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  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by aradlaw » February 16th, 2020, 7:05 pm

Thank you tovarisch. :thumbs:

Thank you for catching those errors. :)
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Post by Newgatenovelist » February 17th, 2020, 8:57 am

I was hoping that Black History Month and/or LGBTQ Month would be marked in the poetry selections but I was too slow to suggest anything. Everyone has made some very good choices - keep them coming!
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/closedgate_corrothers_el_128kb.mp3 (1.48)
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Post by aradlaw » February 17th, 2020, 2:10 pm

Thank you Erin. :thumbs:
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Post by ethanhurst » February 17th, 2020, 7:27 pm

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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Post by aradlaw » February 17th, 2020, 8:30 pm

Thank you Ethan. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » February 18th, 2020, 6:29 pm

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » February 19th, 2020, 8:25 pm

Thank you Lee Ann. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » February 20th, 2020, 5:27 pm

Thank you Caitlin. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » February 23rd, 2020, 8:26 pm

This Weekly Project is now closed, thank you to all readers this week. :clap:

This project is now complete!
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