H O W A R D   U N I V E R S I T Y

Faces & Voices 5
An Anthology
of Verse and Prose

the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,

E. R. B

Faces & Voices 4


Itís Time
By Keosha Moon 
Major: Finance
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
E-mail: keosha17@aol.com

i will take the
journey back
middle passage
would be better
to be packed
like spoons again
to continue to
live among
knives and forks.
---E. Ethelbert Miller

        For so long now we have taken advantage of that which our predecessors so arduously fought to obtain. Education, equal rights, equal opportunities, and the list continues infinitely. We are a people with a rich and fruitful heritage and it disheartens me to say that we as Black Americans have truly forgotten the essence of being black and what it means to us. Subsequently, every time I see one of my young brothers and sisters 
not taking full advantage of the education privileges of which they are afforded it enrages me. With this thought in mind, I say that itís time! Time for what one might ask, time for a revolution of the mind, in hopes of empowering Black America to reach their pinnacle point.
        Prior to beginning my collegiate career, I came from a school where for a shocking number of the students success was a dream yet failure was the harsh reality of it. This was a place where far to great a percentage of the pupils came from a broken family environment. In monitoring these pupils, I concluded that the majority of the aforementioned students had a Booker T. Washington type mentality. That is the ďJust keep your mouths shut, do not grouse, But work, and save, and buy a house. Nevertheless, I believe in W.E.B. Duboisí theory of utilizing education as a catalyst for change. With conviction, I can truly state that in order to be an upwardly mobile people we must be an educated people. Therefore, it agitates me tremendously when I find that my peers have forward vision; when, in this day and time it is imperative to have upward vision, for how can one ascend in an upward direction unless they look up.

© 2001 Keosha Moon 

© 2001 Howard University.
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse and Prose, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2001. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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