Like Acid Flashbacks, But With Kente Cloth

This tweet from @Librarianry caused a flashback to my first year of graduate studies in Africana Studies at Clark Atlanta University. One of my professors not only made us carry an unabridged dictionary around with us, but he made us memorize Countee Cullen’s poem “Heritage“, and required us to sing James Weldon Johnson’s  “Lift Ev’ry Voice” at the end of each class — all of the stanzas.

I was never sure whether I was in graduate school or in 3rd grade.