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African American Poems | Famous Poems

African American Poems. The best and most popular famous African American Poems of All-Time written by African American poets.

RankEnglish PoemPoet
1 Still I Rise Angelou, Maya
2 The Lesson Angelou, Maya
3 The Power of a Smile Shakur, Tupac
4 Touched by An Angel Angelou, Maya
5 We Alone Walker, Alice
6 The Rose that Grew from Concrete Shakur, Tupac
7 Life Through My Eyes Shakur, Tupac
8 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Angelou, Maya
9 Still Here Hughes, Langston
10 When You Come Angelou, Maya
11 Dream Deferred Hughes, Langston
12 Love Is Giovanni, Nikki
13 On the Pulse of Morning Angelou, Maya
14 Justice Hughes, Langston
15 I Cry Shakur, Tupac
16 Before you knew you owned it Walker, Alice
17 Liberty Needs Glasses Shakur, Tupac
18 Mother to Son Hughes, Langston
19 Passing Time Angelou, Maya
20 Dream Variations Hughes, Langston
21 Expect Nothing Walker, Alice
22 The Rock Cries Out to Us Today Angelou, Maya
23 CHOICES Giovanni, Nikki
24 So I Say GOODBYE Shakur, Tupac
25 Inaugural Poem Angelou, Maya
26 A young heart with an old soul Shakur, Tupac
27 Phenomenal Woman Angelou, Maya
28 Who will cry for the little boy? Fisher, Antwone
29 Freedoms Plow Hughes, Langston
30 Let America Be America Again Hughes, Langston
31 Alone Angelou, Maya
32 Ambition Over Adversity Shakur, Tupac
33 The Old Men Used to Sing Walker, Alice
34 You Came, Too Giovanni, Nikki
35 The Crazy Woman Brooks, Gwendolyn
36 The Mother Brooks, Gwendolyn
37 Quiet Girl Hughes, Langston
38 Woman Work Angelou, Maya
39 Rememberance Angelou, Maya
40 I Too Sing America Hughes, Langston
41 Life doesn't frighten me at all Angelou, Maya
42 We Real Cool Brooks, Gwendolyn
43 Gray Walker, Alice
44 The Lovers of the Poor Brooks, Gwendolyn
45 Four-Letter Word Emanuel, James A
46 The Negro Mother Hughes, Langston
47 Life Cycles Giovanni, Nikki
48 A Conceit Angelou, Maya
49 Young Niggas Shakur, Tupac
50 Can You See the Pride in the Panther Shakur, Tupac
51 Men Angelou, Maya
52 Million Man March Poem Angelou, Maya
53 EACH ONE, PULL ONE Walker, Alice
54 Fruit of the Flower Cullen, Countee
55 Life Is Fine Hughes, Langston
56 Habits Giovanni, Nikki
57 And 2Morrow Shakur, Tupac
58 Adolescence II Dove, Rita
59 To Be In Love Brooks, Gwendolyn
60 We Wear the Mask Laurence Dunbar, Paul
61 Democracy Hughes, Langston
62 On Imagination Wheatley, Phillis
63 Dedication Soyinka, Wole
64 The revolution will not be televised Scott-Heron, Gil
65 Insomniac Angelou, Maya
66 In The Depths of Solitude Shakur, Tupac
67 When Ure Hero Falls Shakur, Tupac
68 Jada Shakur, Tupac
69 Refusal Angelou, Maya
70 Weekend Glory Angelou, Maya
71 Untitled 1 Shakur, Tupac
72 IN THE SMALL HOURS Soyinka, Wole
73 Nothing Can Come Between Us Shakur, Tupac
74 Untitled 2 Shakur, Tupac
75 All I Gotta Do Giovanni, Nikki
76 I Said to Poetry Walker, Alice
77 Fallen Star Shakur, Tupac
78 The Shroud of Color Cullen, Countee
79 When I Die Giovanni, Nikki
80 Momma Welfare Roll Angelou, Maya
81 Im A Fool To Love You Eady, Cornelius
82 The Negro Speaks Of Rivers Hughes, Langston
83 Problems Hughes, Langston
84 Remembrance Angelou, Maya
85 Theme For English B Hughes, Langston
86 To a Lady on the Death of Her Husband Wheatley, Phillis
87 U R Ripping Us Apart! Shakur, Tupac
88 The Bistro Styx Dove, Rita
89 Merry-Go-Round Hughes, Langston
90 In The Event Of My Demise Shakur, Tupac
91 Morning Laurence Dunbar, Paul
92 WHO ? Walker, Alice
93 Daybreak In Alabama Hughes, Langston
94 Listen Lord: A Prayer Johnson, James Weldon
95 THEY WHO FEEL DEATH Walker, Alice
96 A Sunset of the City Brooks, Gwendolyn
97 Civilian and Soldier Soyinka, Wole
98 sisters Clifton, Lucille
99 Heritage Cullen, Countee
100 The Blues Hughes, Langston