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Poem: "Human Family" by Maya Angelou

[audio=http://www.icelebratediversity.com/humanfamily.mp3] (there's nothing like hearing Maya Angelou share her poetry...such a gift!) Human Family by Maya Angelou I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy. Some declare their lives are lived as true profundity, and others claim they really live the real reality. The variety of our skin tones can confuse, bemuse, delight, brown and pink and beige and purple, tan and blue and white. I've sailed upon the seven seas and stopped in every land. I've seen the wonders of the world, not yet one common man. I know ten thousand women called Jane and Mary Jane, I've not seen any two who really were the same. Mirror twins are different although their features jibe, and lovers think quite different thoughts while lying side by side. We love and lose in China, we weep on England's moors, and laugh and moan in Guinea, and thrive on Spanish shores. We seek success in Finland, are born and die in Maine. In minor ways we differ, in major we're the same. I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends than we are unalike. We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.
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Poem: "Lisa" by Beverly McLoughland (biracial)

I found the following treasure at a school bookfair eight years ago. It was buried in a book titled "Through Our Eyes: Poems and Pictures About Growing Up". I probably picked the book because it had "atypical" (not the usual blonde-haired and blue-eyed) girls on the cover. To see this, I knew it was intentional. I was happy to see children of different races and ethnicities represented on the pages. The book is filled with sweet poems, but we have especially enjoyed this one:  Lisa by Beverly McLoughland Lisa's father is Black And her mother is White, And her skin is a Cinnamon Delight, Her hair is Dark And her eyes are Light, And Lisa is Lisa, Day and Night. And Lisa is Lisa, Night and Day, Though there are People Who sometimes Say-- Well, is Lisa That, Or is Lisa This? -- Lisa is Everything She is. Lisa is Lisa, Day and Night, And her skin is a Cinnamon Delight, And Lisa is Sun And Lisa is Star, And Lisa is All The dreams that Are.
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