I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes.
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I'll sit at the table
When company comes
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen"
Besides, they'll see how
beautiful I am
And be ashamed,—
I, too, am America.

Langston Hughes

I, Too

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Original Citation

Hughes, Langston. "I, Too." The Weary Blues. Alfred A. Knopf, 1926, I. 1.

Current Citation

Hughes, Langston. "I, Too." The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Vintage, 1995, I. 1.