CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE

Juanita Book

By Juanita Torrence-Thompson

ęCopyright by Juanita Torrence-Thompson


JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON is a poet/writer/speaker whose award-winning work appears in U.S. and Canadian journals and online. See her poetry and book information at: Poetry Town. See Barbara Hantman's review of Torrence-Thompson's CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE (Torderwarz Publishing Company)at: The Pedestal Magazine

Why Aren't We In History Books?

In Massachusetts schools we learned
about happy black slaves singing in cotton fields.
Who do you know who is happy slaving and working for nothing?
Give me a break!

Besides Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. who tried to bring peace to the races,
Why aren't we in history books?
Didn't Malcolm X grow in understanding the races should work together?
Didn't Barbara Jordsan and Shirley Chisholm accomplish a lot in Congress?
Didn't W.E.B. DuBois fight for peace?
Aren't those achievements?

Besides Chemist George Washington Carver's
creation of many uses of the peanut and sweet potato
Why aren't we in history books?
Didn't Justice Thurgood Marshall end school segregation?
Didn't Jane Bolin become the first black woman judge in America?
Aren't those achievements?

Why aren't we in history books?
Didn't Marcus Garvey organize the first black union?
Didn't Matthew Henson reach the North Pole first?
Didn't Madam C. Walker become the first black female millionaire?
Aren't those achievements?

Why aren't we in history books?
Didn't scientist Lewis Latimer invent carbon filament?
Didn't Garrett A. Morgan invent the traffic light?
Didn't Dr. Charles Drew invent the method for blood transfusions?
Aren't those achievements?
You bet they are!
So, why aren't we in history books?