Eighth-grader writes inspiring poem about perseverance

by The Black Wall Street Times
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Published 02/15/19

By Nehemiah Frank, Founder & Editor in Chief 

TULSA, Okla — You may not have heard of Anthony Brown, but you probably will soon. The young poet is already showing signs to the likes of Langston Hughes and other great writers. 

Anthony is an eight-grader at Monroe Demonstration Academy, a Tulsa Public School.

After reading his remarkable poem, we’re pretty sure that Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa in Black Panther, would be proud of the depth of Anthony’s conscious writings. 

“All of us up here know what it’s like to be told there is not a place for you to be featured, yet you are young, gifted and black,” Boseman said at the 25th SAG awards. 

Perhaps, Anthony will etch his, own, name into the pillars of Black History. 

Because like Boseman, Anthony is ‘young, gifted and black’.

The young writer recently wrote a poem titled “Brother to Brother”, and it’s worthy of going viral.

The school’s assistant principal, Rob Kaiser, was so impressed with Anthony’s poem that he felt compelled to ask the student’s mother if he could share the poem on his personal Facebook page.

She said, yes! 

And we are glad for his mother’s decision because we — at the BWSTimes — have the platform to feature this young, gifted and black talent’s first great-work.

“Brother to Brother”

By Anthony Brown

Well, brother, I’ll tell you:

Life for me hasn’t been a


It has had interceptions in it

And penalties,

And turnovers

And no first downs — 


But all the time

I’ve been running toward the

end zone.

And jooking my opponents,

And kicking field goals,

And sometimes throwing the ball

Where there is no receiver.

So, brother, don’t turn around.

Don’t you stop running

Because you get tired.

Don’t fumble, now —

For I’m still running, brother,

I’m still throwing passes,

And life for me hasn’t been a



Anthony Brown at Monroe Demonstration Academy

Keep up the great work, young scholar. 




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