Useni Eugene Perkins Poems

Useni Eugene Perkins is an American poet who is also remembered as a playwright and activist. He was born in 1932 in Chicago. He is best known for ‘Hey Black Child,’ a poem that’s sometimes attributed to Countee Cullen.

Hey, Black Child

by Useni Eugene Perkins

‘Hey, Black Child’ by Useni Eugene Perkins acts as a mantra, determinedly creating a new way for black children to think about their lives and futures. 

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