Word with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art selected by Belinda Rochelle (Harper Collins, 2001).
Lucille Clifton, Jacob Lawrence, Alice Walker, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Romare Bearden, Nikki Giovanni, Henry Ossawa Tanner… A kids book that features all of these poets and artists and others.
The poems chosen for this book tackle hard-hitting subjects: slavery, racism, poverty. But also strength and determination as well. Words with Wings is a picture book, but I can see teens getting more from the subtle power of these poems than younger kids.