"My evening prayer stole my morning song." - Anne Spencer
From her poem Translation, published 1922. Spencer was an American poet, teacher and civil rights activist, and an important part of the Harlem Renaissance. As a poet, Spencer holds was the first Virginian and first African American to have her poetry included in the Norton Anthology of American Poetry. She and her husband founded a chapter of the NAACP in Lynchburg, Virginia, where their home became an important center and intellectual salon for Spencer's guests and dignitaries including Langston Hughes, Marian Anderson, George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Weldon Johnson, and W. E. B. Du Bois.
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