Black Is Our Color

Wayne Wade - Black Is Our Color album cover

While in college, being involved in the WERS Rockers Reggae was an immersive experience. Early on, I borrowed books from the library to better understand Jamaican history and what the artists were expressing in their lyrics. Then I started meeting people in the community, going to concerts, and developing real relationships. It didn’t take long before I was experiencing emotional connections, especially when the lyrics and music came together in meaningful ways.

This morning, I introduced our son (who has brown skin) to the 16 year old Wayne Wade singing “Black Is Our Color” (Prophets, 1975).

Being able to appreciate lyrics like this is something I wish more white people would try to understand and experience. It takes interest, education, and hopefully some experience with a variety of people of different skin tones and different backgrounds.

But these lyrics in song with beautiful flute flourishes say it better than I can:

Here are the lyrics, which I transcribed for this blog post:

I’ve got something
That I’d like to say
It’s rather colorful
But I’ll say it anyway

Black is our color
And black is our name
Health, strength, prosperity
And wisdom is our game

‘Cause black we are
And black we will always be
Black in the the sight of everyone
It’s so beautiful to see

Ah Jah Jah
Baby
Come on and show me
How really black you are

When we think of our past
Now freedom’s come at last
Black man progressing in every way

‘Cause black we are
And black we will always be
Black in the the sight of everyone
It’s so beautiful to see

Ah Jah Jah
Baby
Come on and show me
How really black you are

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