Langston Hughes was born today, in 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He was a poet, novelist, playwright, activist and columnist and considered one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. A prolific and deeply insightful writer, his poetry on the subject of America and the concept of the American Dream are more relevant today than ever.
As we are collectively bombarded by vile acts of division and hatred by this administration, let us turn to Hughes’ words on this country. Listen and consider for today his poem, “Let America Be America Again”; performed by Black Lives Matter activist, Abena Koomson in 2014.
Today and every day this month take time during class to share his poetry with your students. To Langston Hughes, the Bard of Harlem, we honor you and the beautiful gifts you have given us that help sustain us in these uncertain times.
Peace and love good people.