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Peteh Raighn Kem

Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem

Some of our Black Mail readers may be familiar with the poem, “Hey Black Child” by Useni Eugene Perkins.  Poem is often attributed to Counter Cullen. But Perkins authored the piece to be performed in a play, The Black Fairy. Check out 3 year old Pe’Teh Raighn-Kem’s rendition!



Hey Black Child

Hey Black Child

Do you know who you are
Who you really are
Do you know you can be
What you want to be
If you try to be
What you can be

Hey black child
Do you know where you are going
Where your really going
Do you know you can learn
What you want to learn
If you try to learn
What you can learn

Hey black child
Do you know you are strong
I mean really strong
Do you know you can do
What you want to do
If you try to do
What you can do

Hey Black Child
Be what you can be
Learn what you must learn
Do what you can do
And tomorrow your nation
Will be what you want it to be

By Useni Eugene Perkins

Did you miss yesterday’s post?  Click here to learn about Hugh Mulzac, the first African American Merchant Marine Shipmaster.