of Jah Amiel
Jah Amiel went out the backdoor of
his house and knocked on his grandpa's door. Grandpa was lying down
proofreading but got up when he heard his grandson at the door. He had
to get up for the little savior of the world, as his grandson told him
he was going to be.
He opened the door and Jah Amiel came in on a
mission as he nears his third year on earth, May 31. "I want to see the
American," he told his grandpa excitedly.
I want to see the American! His grandpa had no
idea what he was talking about, until Jah Amiel pointed to the large
poster of Langston Hughes on the wall.
Oh, Langston Hughes?
On the computer.
Oh, you want to see Langston Hughes read I, Too, Am
Grandpa turned on Youtube and found the
site with Langston Hughes reading his classic poem.
found a tape dispenser and pulled off a piece.
Gonna tape my mouth.
now, Jah Amiel, you gonna read with Langston.
Ok. He stopped for a
moment to read along with Langston.
I, too, sing America
am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
But I laugh
And eat well.
And grow strong.
be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me
in the kitchen,"
They'll see how beautiful I
And be ashamed--
I, too, am American.
After reading the
poem once, he told his grandpa to play it again and he again recited
with Langston, then he put the tape over his mouth.
Amiel doesn't accompany his grandpa downtown to his Academy of Da
Corner. The people ask grandpa where's Jah Amiel? But his mother put him
in Montessori school. She told her dad Jah Amiel could come to his
school on the weekends.
After he went to school, his grandpa
asked him what he learned?
How to play in the sand box.
Grandpa thought about it. He figured this might be an
important lesson, since many people never learn how to play in the sand
box without throwing sand in other people's face and eyes throughout
What did you do today at school, Jah Amiel?
working at school and I'm tired.
What kind of work did you do?
worked. I'm tired.
Well, you better go home to yo mama.
you later alligator!
His grandpa replied, after while, crocodile!