Pauli Murray

Black History Month Day 15.

Mr. Roosevelt Regrets (Detroit Riot, 1943)
By Pauli Murray (1910–1985)

Upon reading PM newspaper’s account of Mr. Roosevelt’s statement on the recent race clashes: “I share your feeling that the recent outbreaks of violence in widely spread parts of the country endanger our national unity and comfort our enemies. I am sure that every true American regrets this.”

Read the complete poem here.

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