- New Georgia Encyclopedia
- "Hegira" by Georgia Douglas Johnson
- Johnson, Georgia Douglas Camp, 1886-1966
- Contributor to Resource:
- Whitsett, Zenzi
- African American women poets--Georgia
African American poets--Georgia
African American women--Georgia
African Americans--Social conditions
African Americans--Education--Southern States
Johnson, Georgia Douglas Camp, 1886-1966
- United States, Georgia, 32.165622, -82.900075
- Sound recordings
- Audio recording of Georgia Douglas Johnson's poem Hegira, read by Zenzi Whitsett. A photograph of the author accompanies the recording. She is shown in profile wearing an off-the-shoulder dress.
The word hegira is from the Arabic hijrah and refers to flight from danger. The subject of Johnson's 1917 poem is African Americans' migration from the South. The first stanza is an inquiry to African Americans, asking them why they choose to leave a land in which they live in warm houses, have schools for their children, and are seemingly prosperous. The rest of the poem is answers the question and lists reasons why the north is a more favorable environment in which to live.
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