If you know me, you may know my love for Langston Hughes’ poetry. He reminds me to create with my words. And not just my words, but with my dreams. After all, being a dreamer is only wrong when you let it defer, right?
Due to his poetry, play writing, and novels regarding life as an African American, Langston Hughes was a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. He has created numerous poems highlighting the life and struggle of African Americans in the United States, as well as those of blue collar Americans and other minorities. As much as I want to write about Mr. Hughes I think it’s best I let you read his words for yourself. Enjoy.
I Dream A World I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom’s way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth And every man is free, Where wretchedness will hang its head And joy, like a pearl, Attends the needs of all mankind- Of such I dream, my world! Democracy Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. I have as much right As the other fellow has To stand On my two feet And own the land. I tire so of hearing people say, Let things take their course. Tomorrow is another day. I do not need my freedom when I’m dead. I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread. Freedom Is a strong seed Planted In a great need. I live here, too. I want freedom Just as you.
As you can see, I can’t help but feel the challenge to create when I read Langston Hughes’ work. Mr. Hughes, on behalf of everyone who has had the pleasure of reading your work, I salute your creativity. Thank you for inspiring us all to use our voice to speak truths for America while continuing to dream of a better day for us all.
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