"This is a fine collection whatever the need: for poetry shelves, black history collections, social consciousnessraising sessions, cultural literacy courses--or for anyone who likes the sight of words that shimmy shimmy shimmy on the page."
"A remarkable collection of poetry from the Harlem Renaissance and beyond.... this title is an important resource for those interested in poetry and in understanding the African American experience."
--School Library Journal
"Poet Giovanni celebrates the great flowering of African American poetry when writers such as Langston Hughes, Robert Hayden, and Countee Cullen spoke for the people with powerful simplicity. The poetry sings for all of us with sadness, anger, humor, and grace."
--Hazel Rochman, Booklist