Black History Month: Georgia Douglas Johnson’s “The Riddle”

For the 12th day of Black History Month, I will recite a poem written by Georgia Douglass Johnson entitled “The Riddle”. This poem was included in Alain Locke’s anthology “The New Negro” which was a compilation of literature written during the New Negro Movement better known as the Harlem Renaissance. Georgia Douglass Johnson was an African-American poet and one of the earliest African-American female playwrights. She pioneered the Lynching drama tradition… Her plays featured racial violence in which she refused to give “happy ending” because she believed them to be unrealistic. This was considered quite inappropriate for a woman.

Now without further ado, “The Riddle”

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