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Dr. Booker T. Washington to the National Negro Business League

Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr. 1861 ( Louisville, Kentucky) – 1949 ( Louisville, Kentucky)

’Tis strange indeed to hear us plead
  For selling and for buying
When yesterday we said: “Away
  With all good things but dying.”

The world’s ago, and we’re agog
  To have our first brief inning;
So let’s away through surge and fog
  However slight the winning.

What deeds have sprung from plow and pick!
  What bank-rolls from tomatoes!
No dainty crop of rhetoric
  Can match one of potatoes.

Ye orators of point and pith,
  Who force the world to heed you,
What skeletons you’ll journey with
  Ere it is forced to feed you.

A little gold won’t mar our grace,
  A little ease our glory.
This world’s a better biding place
  When money clinks its story.
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Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.

Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr. (February 2, 1861 – March 14, 1949) was a poet, writer, playwright, and community leader raised in Louisville, Kentucky (but born in Nelson County, Kentucky). Cotter was one of the earliest African-American playwrights to be published. He was known as "Kentucky's first Negro poet with real creative ability." Cotter was born at the start of the American Civil War, and was raised in poverty with no formal education until the age of 22. He later became an educator and an advocate of black education.  more…

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