"Poetry for the People": Reading Garveyism through Poetry

The Birth of a Nation, by Ethel Trew Dunlap

There’s a birth in the earth--

    Not that on the screen;

    A race is travailing--

    It’s emblem is seen.

    The shower--the flower:

    The blossom has burst,

    Sprung, as did Jesus,

    From soil they called cursed.

    It blooms--it perfumes--

    Pressed to Africa’s breast--

    That siren who’s calling

    The captive to rest.

From the July 30, 1921 issue.

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