Nikki Giovanni Releases Poem Remembering March On Washington

    Nikki Giovanni, one of America's most celebrated and honored poets in history, scribed a new poem for Prospect magazine in honor of the 50-year anniversary of The March On Washington, titled "We, Too." Giovanni also spoke at-length with Prospect about the March in 1963, as well as racial injustices that exist today.

     

    I was home

    In Lincoln Heights

    Named for Abraham

    As many other small black

    Communities are

     

    Only 20 years old

    Not cowardly

    I had picketed Rich’s

    Department Store in Knoxville

    I sat in with Fisk University

    In Nashville

     

    But not all that Brave

     

    Mommy didn’t want

    Me to go

    Neither did my father and I wondered

    Would it matter

     

    50 years later I know

    It did

    We watched

    We prayed

    We, too, were

    inspired

     

    I didn’t go

     

    I stayed home

    And reminded myself:

    We also serve

    Who sit

    And Wait