Way back in the 1920s, a black scholar named Alain Locke remarked that "in the case of the American Negro, the sense of race is stronger than that of nationality." And yet, Locke pointed out, "some of the most characteristic American things are Negro or Negroid, derivatives of the folk life of this darker tenth of the population." Small wonder, then, that the greatest American Negroes feel torn at times.

An early beacon of black culture in America, W.E.B.

DuBois, died self-exiled in Ghana just six years ago. DuBois composed the poem that here accompanies and reveals the hidden thunder of Bellows' Both...

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