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Charles Waters is a Children's Poet, Actor and Educator who has performed in schools and universities across the country. His work has appeared in several textbooks and anthologies.

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I submitted this poem for THE POETRY FRIDAY FOR CELEBRATIONS, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.

They had asked me to submit a poem for Black History Month, this one was not accepted, but another one was. Let this be a lesson, if something isn’t the right fit for an anthology, at least you have a poem you could submit somewhere else, and you can write another poem that fits what an anthologist is looking for. Then you have 2 poems, a total win, win!
Carter G. Woodson – Father Of Black History

A Poem

He was a son of slaves,

Self-taught as a youth

Turned Ivy League graduate

Speaker of truth:

Of self-reliance,

Of black pride,

His mission?


The racial tide

From injustice

To equality,

Peace be to our brother

Carter G.