Henry Dumas was born 20 July 1934, and died 23 May 1968.
- Hate is also creative: it creates more hate.
- One of the greatest roles ever created by Western man has been the role of : “Negro”. One of the greatest actors to play the role has been the “Nigger”.
- …they broke us like limbs from trees and carved Europe upon our African masks and made puppets.
If an eagle be imprisoned
On the back of a coin
And the coin is tossed into the sky,
That coin will spin,
That coin will flutter,
But the eagle will never fly.
Henry Dumas was an African-American writer and poet. His poetry and short story collections include Play Ebony, Play Ivory, and Ark of Bones. His writing is available in Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas.
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