The Great Redeemer

He has arrived! He has arrived to help America atone for its past
Debauchery, denigration, denial, debasement, deprivation
Emasculation, exemption, and exclusion of black people to drink
From the land of sweet fountain of honey and milk

He is the Joseph, the Moses, and the Joshua of yore
He dreamed of a better America for all under his wings of leadership
He comes with a promise to take the land from the valley of economic affliction
To the mountain top of economic and political empowerment

The Frederick Douglass of antebellum America
The bridge between Abe Lincoln and the newly emancipated
He symbolizes the faith that the past has taught us
He represents the joy of the present and the hope of the future

He has demystified the fallacy about the black man and scaled the walls of
Double-bind and stereotype that choked
His ancestors into inertia and abject self-abasement
He is the phoenix risen from its ashes to cloak America

In the glamour of rebirth and regeneration
Like a thunderbolt, he came from nowhere
Unknown, unheralded, and uncelebrated to astound and
Free America from the weighty peccadilloes of the past

To a life of glory and redemption of the present
Meaning he brings to the King’s prophetic message
Judge me by the content of my character
Not by the depth of my skin color

Genuinely the people can now sing the Halleluyah chorus:
“Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty,
We are free at last!” and truly believe in the efficacy
Of its cathartic and restorative message of the spiritual

He is President Barack Obama, the sprightly redeemer
Healer of gaping and psychic wounds
With great hands he came, ready to propitiate our somatic anxiety.
Indeed, he is symbolic of W.E.B Du Bois’s Messianic Proclamation

In the Dark Princess; the answer to the prayers of dark peoples, poor
Suffering white folk all over the world.

Samuel Doku


About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).