In honor of Black History Month, we will be sharing some poems both spoken and written for you guys to enjoy! This is ‘Black People Doing Things Rarely Gets A Mention’ by Rebecca Akrofie.
There were 2 Black boys on TV in the past month
The first one they showed was face down
The second was upright, laughing
The first one was motionless, surrounded by commotion
The second was asking questions of everybody who walked past.
Sometimes, they joke about being smacked
Wrist slaps that sting for years
These stings still pierce on graduation day
Puffed up chests and smiles hide the pain.
There were 2 Black girls in films
The first one they showed, barely said a word
The second one was dancing and smiling
The first one was in the background, she died first
The second one was giving orders to everybody who walked past.
Sometimes they joke about stern warnings
Quick shouts that echo for years
Those echoes still clang on wedding days
Tears of joy and laughter dull the sound.
Wrist slaps raised all four
Quick shouts raised all four
Echoed and pierced four walls.
There were 4 Black people on TV in the past month
The first one they showed was lying down
The second was next to them laughing
The third one gave edicts and the whole world jumped
The fourth one awoke, rising.