25 January 2011

Be proud, my race, in mind and soul;

Thy name is writ on Glory's scroll
In characters of fire.
High 'mid the clouds of Fame's bright sky
Thy banner's blazoned folds now fly,
And truth shall lift them higher.
                             --- Part of a  Paul Laurence Dunbar poem, Ode to Ethiopia,  that  was used as a prologue to the fourth movement of William Grant Still's Symphony No.1 "Afro-American."

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