Thursday, February 4, 2010

African American History Month - Lewis Latimer - Inventor - General Electric/Edison's Screw-in Light Bulb

Lewis Latimer wrote a poem for his wedding entitled Ebon Venus that was published in his book of poetry, Poems of Love and Life.

Ebon Venus
Let others boast of maidens fair,
Of eyes of blue and golden hair;
My heart like needles ever true
Turns to the maid of ebon hue.
I love her form of matchless grace,
The dark brown beauty of her face,
Her lips that speak of love's delight,
Her eyes that gleam as stars at night.

O'er marble Venus let them rage,
Who sets the fashions of the age;
Each to his taste, but as for me,
My Venus shall be ebony.

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