|Phillis Wheatley, (May 8, 1753 – December 5, 1784),was the first published African American poet and first
African-American woman whose writings helped create the genre of
African American literature. Born in Gambia, she was made a slave at age
seven. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught
her to read and write, and helped encourage her poetry. |
"On being brought from Africa to America"
Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic dye."
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.´