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January 21, 2010

I’m Not Giving My Black Back!!!!

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I’m Not Giving My Black Back! I’m not giving up my greens or my grits or saying “girl” and putting my hands on my hips. You see…Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair and I’m not giving up Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hammer, Mary McCleod Bethune, Sojourner Truth, Madame C J. Walker, Toni Morrison or Dr. Maya Angelou, ’cause you see, I am a phenomenal woman and I’m not giving my black back.

I’m not giving up my crown, waves, braids, curls, locks, kinks, scarves or Muslim garb. I’m not giving up sitting in Ma’s kitchen eating peach cobbler or sweet potato pie and hearing her ask me, “How you doing baby”?

I’m not giving up going to “You Buy, We Fry” on Fridays, or barbeques on Saturday playing bid whist, spades and slammin’ those dominoes.

I’m not giving back Harriet Tubman’s train, Soul Train, Coltrane or the midnight train to Georgia. Now, you can meet me at the function at the junction but I still won’t give up B.B. King, the Whispers, Fancy Ms. Nancy, Lena Horne, the Philadelphia Sound, Motown or the Temptations.

Cause you see, it’s the way we do the things we do, like building the pyramids that still stand made by our forefathers’ hands where the diamonds, oil, silver and gold are buried in our rich dark land.

I’m not giving my black back! I’m happy being happy with my wide hips and my wide nose and the rich melanin in my skin. I love putting lotion on my ashy legs.

Oh, I’m happy being nappy and being in the skin that I’m in. I won’t deny or forget my ancestors who lay in a wet grave at the bottom of the sea in the Middle Passage from slave trade.

And I won’t give up on our youth of today who still need a way made. I won’t give back Miles even though he didn’t smile. I won’t give back Marvin Gaye, Richard Pryor, Phyllis Hyman, Billie Holiday or Billy Eckstein, Jackie Robinson or Jackie Wilson.

I won’t give back the electric slide, Alvin Ailey, Bojangles or Debbie Allen. You think I’d give up reading my Jet, Ebony, Essence, Emerge, Black Enterprise, Heart and Soul or Upscale magazines? For we are a colorful people.

Like Curtis Mayfield sang, we are a people that are “darker than blue.” We are honey, cinnamon, mahogany and chocolate. We are REDD Fox, James BROWN, Barry WHITE, The Mothers of the Church dressed in WHITE, The Color PURPLE, the Lady Who Sings the BLUES and we are Al GREEN with love and happiness. Oh, NO… I’m not giving my black back!

I’m not giving back Maxine (Waters), Martin, Medgar, Malcolm, Mandela, Marley, Marcus, Muhammad Ali, Michael (Jordan) or the Million Man March. I’m not giving my black back.

Join me in lifting up the black woman’s spirit. Find a black woman and send this to her. Enjoy.

The first duty of love is to listen.

Ralph Ellison



  1. beautiful stuff, girl we feel the same way here in africa

    Comment by beesknees21 — February 24, 2010 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  2. hello I would like to know where did you get this poem. I wrote this poem years ago I am the unknown author.
    I do not mine if its posted, I do have a problem with you stating you are the author I hope you fine it in you heart to clear up the mishappen
    thank you unknown author

    Comment by Daphne — March 2, 2011 @ 7:18 am | Reply

    • Good Morning Daphne,
      Thank you for visiting our site here on wordpress. We always appreciate the support.I am replying to your comment regarding the fact that YOU are the author of this poem. Our understanding is that Mr. Ralph Ellison who dead a few years ago is the author and credit was given to him in the tags section. We NEVER claimed to be the author in any shape form or fashion. If you believe that YOU are the author please verify this and we will correct the error immediately. We would never want to take credit for work that is not ours nor would we want to give credit to someone who is not the author. Please advise

      Comment by 4realmagazine — March 2, 2011 @ 7:58 am | Reply

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