The Abstract Poet, prominent like Shakespeare
This line echoes a quote from the famous African American intellectual of the first half of the twentieth century W.E.B Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk:
I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls.
In both Tip’s Du Bois’s reference to Shakespeare, they are calling for black culture to be appreciated with the same respect as the Western classics like the Bard.
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