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dare myself to dream of us moving from survival to potential, from merely getting by to a positive getting over. I dream of Black men loving and supporting other Black men, and relieving Black women from the role of primary nurturers in our community. 

I dream, too, that as we receive more of what we want from each other that our special anger reserved for Black women will disappear. I dare myself to dream….

I dare myself to dream of a time when I will pass a group of brothers on the corner, and the words ‘f**king faggot’ will not move the air around my ears, and when my gay brother approaches me on the street that we can embrace if we choose. 

I dare us to dream that we are worth wanting each other. Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act. 

In The Life; A Black Gay Anthology (1986), Introduction Joseph Beam

For My Own Protection

 I want to start
an organization
to save my life.
 
If whales, snails,
dogs, cats,
Top Shop, and Boris
can be saved,
the lives of Black men
are priceless
and can be saved.
We should be able
to save each other.
I don't want to wait for the I.F.S.
to release a study
stating Black men
are almost extinct.
I don't want to be
the living dead
pacified with drugs
and sex.
 
If a human chain
can be formed
around missile sites,
then surely Black men
can form human chains
around Damilola, Justin Fashanu
Toxteth, Handsworth
BGC, each other?
 
If we have to take tomorrow
with our blood are we ready?
Do our high-low fades,
Air-pods, or box-fresh crèps
make us any more ready
than yesterday’s flat top or Jeri curl?
 
I'm not concerned
about the attire of a soldier.
All I want to know
for my own protection
is
are
we capable of
whatever,
whenever?
 
 
 
Adapted from Essex Hemphill – Ceremonies 1992