these Thy children
in all their work
and all their prayer.
Spread among them the desire to know
and learn and do.
Let them grow in the capacity
for worthy work and in all their working and thinking let them not forget the host of witnesses about them –
those that love and those that inspire –
and may they in the end prove worthy of their great heritage.
– W.E.B. DuBois
From Prayers For Dark People