Article Type: Poem
Subject: Poetry
Author: Mayfield-Hayes, Linda
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754382
Full Text: Linda Mayfield-Hayes is a Brooklyn born poet, known to the on-line poetry community as Slendah, believes Blacks should be proud of their heritage and others should try to understand it. In her book, "Afroetry", she uses poetry as a means of teaching Black people about their history, heritage and culture. These are lessons that were never taught in school. Though many of her poems reveal the hardships people of color have endured, they were written to open people's eyes to the fact that Blacks are a strong race of people able to succeed against all odds, while at the same time, contributing significantly to human progress. She wrote this book with zealous devotion to people of African descent, in hopes of reminding them of their strengths, inspiring them to get back on track, and motivating them to strive to be all that God intended. The above poems are from her book "AFROETRY: Afrocentric Poetry that Educates and Motivates", the book is available through and at

   Lawn Mower
   Without these great inventions
   What on Earth would we do?

   Roller Coaster
   The list of great inventions
   Just never seems to stop;

   Gas Mask
   Bicycle Frame
   Though each item differs
   There's one thing that's the same;

   Each item was created
   By inventors who were black
   Thanks to their innovation
   There is nothing that we lack.
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