Status Symbol

(1970)

"Status Symbol" is the third song of David N. Baker's song cycle The Black Experience. The cycle sets the poetry of Mari Evans.

Even though the song cycle is out-of-print, "Status Symbol" is published in the anthology Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers.

Status Symbol
by Mari Evans


i
Have Arrived
i
am the
New Negro
i
am the result of
President Lincoln
World War I
and Paris
the
Red Ball Express
white drinking fountains
sitdowns and
sit-ins
Federal Troops
Marches on Washington
And
prayer meetings
today
They hired me
it
is a status
job . . .
along
with my papers
They
gave me my
Status Symbol
the
key
to the
White . . . Locked . . .
John


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