Excerpt from Poetic Diamonds: Written for the Interest of the Afro-Americans and All Concerned
We are the generation being reared up in this country to succeed those gone and going on before us. We must prepare, and we can't prepare too early.
The first place for us ... to begin is at home, by loving and giving our aid to take care of it, and doing our best to make it pleasant. Home is the place where all foundations must be laid whereupon prosperity can be built and energy forever stand. Home stands inviting where all others are denying. So a home well cared for will prove a success for the builder.
The next place is in the school-room, the source of. Knowledge, and knowledge is the key to honest and rapid success. Some of us have better chances to secure an education than others. But I believe that every parent of this black race, in this enlight ened age have and are doing their best to educate their sons and daughters. And I feel that I speak the desire of every one when I say that they want to see us famous. These dear ones that are with us to-day carrying on these great works, trying to save us from hell and destruction; those who are laboring so faithfully to save us from life's ruin and desola tion, and to show us a brighter day in the future, that we may see our welfare, so that we may win for ourselves a seat upon the highest stage of life, will some day pass away. Their places must be filled and we must fill them. Since we are to succeed them we should and must do greater works than they have done. So it behooves us to get ready for the work, as this is a day of big things. Don't forget to be atrue Christian, and ask the Lord, the creator of the world, to help us in our struggles. For we have as sociates that must be called from the field of ruin, who need to glve the saloon-keeper a vacation, and need to let the dice, the pool and billiard ball be still, and come and do something to uplift this long down-trodden race that will bring knowledge and fame in the future.
After a struggle of over two years, when at the midnight hours, with nothing to accompany me but the crowing Of the roosters, the hooting of the Old swamp owls, or the singing of the crickets in the fruit trees (in the garden), I have managed to hand to you the test of my talent. And I hope, among you, it will make hours of pleasure and sunshine. Let us pull together, with this our motto Envy no man who progresses honestly, but earnestly strive to Oppose those who oppress.
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