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FEBRUARY 2012

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

Did you know that the first African~American writer ever to be published was a slave woman named Phillis Wheatley? Born in West Africa around 1753 and brought to New England in 1761, she began writing poetry at the tender age of 13, structuring them around the English poets of her time. Phillis became a Boston sensation after she wrote a poem on the death of the evangelical preacher George Whitefield in 1770. Three years later, at the age of 18, 39 of her poems were published in London as Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. Her most recognized poem is entitled On being Brought From Africa To America.

On Being Brought From Africa To America.

‘Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land,

Taught my beknighted soul to understand

That there’s a God, that there’s a Savior too:

Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.

Some view our sable race with scornful eye,

“Their color is a diabolic dye.”

Remember Chrisitans; Negroes, black as Cain,

May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

 

Phillis Wheatley

 

Casa Zia Productions encourages you to visit your local bookstores and libraries and discover the wonderful works created by Phillis and other African~American poets, novelists and journalists, past and present, during this campaign of awareness. Fostering readership is part of our mission statement. Recognizing these writers, as well as others, inspires new creative thoughts, visions and ideas regardless of race, creed or color and helps build bridges of understanding. The world of writing is like a blank page: anyone can share the color of the mind and the beauty of endless possibilities!

 

HAPPY READING!

 

Phillis Wheatley By: Scipio Moorhead

[African~American slave, portrait engraver and fine artist, {active c. 1773} who not only painted portraits but wrote verse as well.]

 

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