National Poetry Month: Educator Barnes Reads – Okay, Brown Girl, Okay

Poet James Berry wrote the poem, “Okay, Brown Girl, Okay” in response to a letter he received from a little girl who asked him, “How do you like being brown?” She asked him this question after describing how she was picked on because of her skin color.   Unfortunately, this is a rite of passage for many people of color.  I don’t know a person of color who hasn’t had an experience where they were judged and attacked verbally and/or physically because of their skin color.

Check out the video to hear how Berry responded via poem.




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