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Poems in honor of Black History Month

The Academy of American Poets recently put together a reading list for Black History Month, after asking a group of contemporary black poets to share poems they think are essential reading for the month. Lucille Clifton's "won't you celebrate with me," from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 made the list of 12 poems, and is in truly incredible company. We love the list so much, we want to share the picks with you. Visit to read more about them.

We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks
won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton
Heartbeats” by Melvin Dixon
American History” by Michael S. Harper
Hurricane” by Yona Harvey
Middle Passage” by Robert Hayden
We Should Make a Documentary About Spades” by Terrance Hayes
Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes
A Brief History of Hostility” by Jamaal May
Coherence in Consequence” by Claudia Rankine
For My People” by Margaret Walker
On Being Brought from Africa to America” by Phillis Wheatley

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