"I Am Somebody" by Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes Borders Gives Resume Of Negro History In His Poem That Will Eventually Become a Classic In American History and Literature In response to the enthusiastic appeals following the recent address made on "Wings Over Jordan" by Rev. William William Holmes Borders, pastor of the Greater Wheat Street Baptist church, Atlanta, Ga., The Courier presents the poem recited at the close or tne message, so aamirea Dy an, entitled, entitled, "I AM SOMEBODY": I AM SOMEBODY I am a poet in Langston Hughes. I am a creator of rhyme in Paul Laurence Dunbar. I am a Christian statesman in i R. E. Lee. I am a diplomat in Frederick Douglass. I AM SOMEBODY I am a soldier in Colonel Young. I am courage in Crispus Attucks. I am a contaalto in Marian Anderson. I am a world - famous tenor in Roland Hayes. I am a radio artist in Dorothy Maynor. I am a humorist in Bert Williams. I AM SOMEBODY I am an athlete in Bennie Jefferson. I am a sprinter in Ralph Metcalfe. I am an intelligent pen in the hand of DuBois. I am a college president in John Hope. I am a fighter in Samuel Howard Archer. I am' It! 'breaker of world records in Jesse Owens. I AM SOMEBODY I am an orator in P. James Bryant. I am a preacher in C. T. Walker and L. K. Williams. I am a composer in Nathaniel Dett. I am a boxer in Armstrong. I am a knockout punch in Joe Louis. I AM SOMEBODY I am a scientist in George Washington Carver. I am an industrial educator in Booker Washington. I am an actor in Richard B. Harrison. i I AM SOMEBODY I am a coneressman in Oscar DePriest and Arthur Mitchell. I am a skin specialist in Lawless and teach what I know at Northwestern. t I am a pathologist In Julian Lewis and serve on the University of Chicasro facultv. I am the first successful operator on the human heart in Daniel Hale Williams. I am a grand specimen of womanhood In Mary McLeod Bethune, I AM SOMEBODY I am a moulder of character in Nannie Burroughs. I am a banker in R. R. Wright and L. D. Milton. I am a certified public accountant in Jesse Blayton. I am a sculptor in Henry O. Tanner. I am a business man in Alonzo Herndon. I AM SOMEBODY I am an insurance executive in A. G. Spaulding. I am a biologist in Just of Howard. I am a Historian in Carter Woodson. I am a lover of education in Charlotte Hawkins Brown. I am abeautlcian in Madame Walker. I am a trustee in slavery I protected my master's wives and daughters while he fought to keep the chains , of slavery about my body. , " ' - I am a Bishop in W. A. Fountain. . I am a ball of flee in Richard Allen. ' I am a laborer in John Henry. I am a Christian in "Tom," for Indeed I practiced the religion of Jesus at points better than my master from whom I learned it I AM SOMEBODY. .