Poet’s Nook: “I Can’t Breathe” by (unknown)

A detail of
A detail of “We Can’t Breathe,” a 2015 work by self-taught artist, Ayanda Mabulu, on display at the Du Sable Museum.

“There are literally two Americas. One America is beautiful. And in a sense this America is overflowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of opportunity. This America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, and culture and education for their minds; and freedom and dignity for their spirits…

“…Tragically and unfortunately, there is another America. This other America has a daily ugliness about it that constantly transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair. In this America millions of work-starved men walk the streets daily in search for jobs that do not exist. In this America millions of people find themselves living in rat-infected vermin-filled slums. In this America people are poor by the millions. They find themselves perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”

~Dr. Martin Luther King at Stanford University in 1967, a year before his murder.

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