Beautiful Things Come in Black and Brown

This semester I have been conducting some extensive research on the uncommon genius of African Americans studying and traveling abroad. One of the participants in my last semi structured interview did an amazing job articulating her experience abroad at the intersections of African American and woman. Intersecting the same aforementioned identities was the linguistic balance between African American Vernacular English, Spanish, and Standard American English. Experience how my participate Lola articulates her experience in Cartagena, Colombia through her original piece of poetry entitled Beautiful Things Come in Black and Brown :

There should be a school assignment

For colored kids ages five through twelve:

 

Go find beautiful things

That are black and brown

 

Plots of soil

That form the hills of El Chupadero

 

Tiny ebony rocks

Lining the coasts of Monterrico

 

Chilean faces

Playing amidst sparkling water

 

Stretches of golden sand

Under the South American sun

 

Dark children at ease

In the streets of Cartagena

 

I traveled

And saw that all around

 

Beautiful things

Come in black and brown

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