When I rise up above the earth,
And look down on the things that fetter me,
I beat my wings upon the air,
Or tranquil lie,
Surge after surge of potent strength
Like incense comes to me
When I rise up above the earth
And look down upon the things that fetter me.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a special time to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of African Americans, though we celebrate African American life, art, culture, and history year-round. Browse the list below for poems about the African American experience and find more resources on our Black History Month page.