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sbBookgirl71: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? --Langston Hughes

NewAgeKiing: She was touched by the souls of Maya Angelou,Langston Hughes,Phillis Weatley and Nikki Giovanni in this 5 mins....

kenschenck: Presidents come and go. They do good. They flub up things. Grateful the structures have endured and the Republic still stands because I believe in the American project. "Let America be the America the dreamers dreamed--let it be that great strong land of love." Langston Hughes

plugusin: Dream Deferred is a Langston Hughes reference.

GettingGophery: So many Langston Hughes references. So good.

cathalbrae: Langston Hughes, 1935

CapeMayStandard: In 1926, Langston Hughes wrote, “I, too, am America” and held out hope that someday, he too would be at the table when company came. The saying goes, “If you have more than you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence.” Let us build a bigger table.

davidtmccarty: In 1926, Langston Hughes wrote, “I, too, am America” and held out hope that someday, he too would be at the table when company came. The saying goes, “If you have more than you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence.” Let us build a bigger table.

jenelaina: Let America Be America Again By Langston Hughes Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.)

mparedesc: "O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free." Langston Hughes.

ArchCityDefense: "O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free." -Langston Hughes, "Let America Be America Again" ~ 4 years ago, our staff & clients read this poem together. Oh how it still rings true.

msbatonrouge10: The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free. - Langston Hughes, Let America be America Again

MMFlint: My Inauguration Day free episode of Rumble, with special thanks to Langston Hughes. “Let America Be America”. Apple:

PaulineRowe_: Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be that great strong land of love Langston Hughes

MrRJohnsen: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over—  like a syrupy sweet?  Maybe it just sags  like a heavy load.  Or does it explode? - Langston Hughes

resolvveapp: Very thoughtful submission to our I Dream A World Challenge. Please read and feel free to submit your poem or statement!

moraqueno: "Democracy" - Langston Hughes

nova_lazarus: Take a shot every time a white liberal shares a Langston Hughes poem today

SWprayerCircle: Who gonna read this 11page story by Flannery O’Connor! Imma choose the 3 page story by Langston Hughes!

michaeleaves: Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. —Langston Hughes

travisjnichols: Langston Hughes, "Let America Be America Again"

caecilia1003: Freedom      Is a strong seed      Planted      In a great need.      I live here, too.      I want freedom      Just as you. — Langston Hughes ©︎Roger Malloch 1958 Chicago Illinois, USA

bjmarlin: Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed. I, too, am America. -Langston Hughes, 1945

BeineckeLibrary: This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie, Ten Songs, mimeograph booklet, 1945, inscribed to Langston Hughes, in LH Papers

thevandykeparks: Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes - Poems |

DougShip: “O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free.” -Langston Hughes

LiteraryVienna: “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that can not fly. Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a barren field frozen with snow.” Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems

clarecorbould: "The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer." Tell me Biden wasn't sampling Langston Hughes's great "A Dream Deferred."

JamesLSarandis: By Langston Hughes As true today as when it was written.

BeineckeLibrary: Letter from Lincoln University Library to Langston Hughes in LH Papers

whitecitycinema: Wherein he recites Langston Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America Again,” which, in the context of the film’s 2019 release, seems to be a thinly veiled riposte to “Make America Great Again.”2/2

Poem2Poem: Let America be America again. / Let it be the dream it used to be. - Langston Hughes

kwerb: "Let America Be America Again" This Langston Hughes poem, read at the MLK unity service my synagogue hosted on Friday, seems particularly apt.

AnastasiaH_SF: Poem: My People—Langston Hughes.

mixcom: "I too, sing America" -Langston Hughes

lovesdarkshadow: – Langston Hughes

brshallo: Celebrating MLK this afternoon, with a short poem inspired by Langston Hughes' "I Dream A World" (

AfriClassical: John Malveaux: Dr. Michael Cooper's discoveries of works by Margaret Bonds is shown in "Margaret Bonds, Langston Hughes, and the 'Note on Commercial Theater'"

MLC_Research: I look at my own body With eyes no longer blind— And I see that my own hands can make The world that's in my mind. Then let us hurry, comrades, The road to find. - “I Look at the World” by Langston Hughes (1902–1967)

poetic_etcetera: “Let America be America again. / Let it be the dream it used to be. / Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed - / Let it be that great strong land of love / Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme / That any man be crushed by one above.” -Langston Hughes

KetCorrine: Langston Hughes' 'I Dream a World'

nonchalantly_: EZRA POUND AND LANGSTON HUGHES: THE ABC OF PO'TRY

fieldmag: What does Banff film festival, Langston Hughes, and climbing have to with one another? Find out here

BigTLC9: Harlem LANGSTON HUGHES What happens to a dream deferred?  Does it dry up  like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore And then run  Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over  like a syrupy sweet?  Maybe it just sags like a heavy load Or does it explode?

MWillyG: Langston Hughes

Michael37689518: Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes, read by Willie Jennings

ThinkingAtheist: A. Philip Randolph. Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes. So many critical voices in the fight for civil rights were, in fact, non-religious.

brittdwhite: A black man in Turkmenistan: Langston Hughes' 1932 account of Soviet Central Asia

DrSTCrawford: Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. ~ Langston Hughes

GhostfaceCB: Robert Frost & Langston Hughes Poems to start the day.

shawndacomic2: “Just cause her titties big don’t mean their real” -Langston Hughes

nlmtys: Last semester my students and I embarked on a journey to explore African American literature by kicking off with An essay from the 1619 project. We learned so much about American from Booker T and DuBois and Ida B Wells and Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.

DilSsr: “Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ― Langston Hughes ONE DAY FOR SSR BIRTHDAY

DesignVisualize: Today Books Read: “Mother To Son” by Langston Hughes

DesignVisualize: Today Books Read: “So Tired Blues” by Langston Hughes

tweetz789: Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.- Langston Hughes

APERlTIF: dreams by langston hughes + dead poets society

Poem2Poem: I went down to the river, / I set down on the bank. / I tried to think but couldn't - Langston Hughes

chynxoxo: “Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ― Langston Hughes ONE DAY FOR SSR BIRTHDAY

ElectricLit: Giving in to exhaustion is not an option — we must act.

PetriDilWaali: read the tag as langston hughes

AriW: "Building what Langston Hughes called the America that never was yet still must be will take courageous, persistent people working together over time. It will require both reckoning and reaching across divides."

MastersofPoetry: Next Monday's MLK Day! Did you know that MLK Jr. was good friends with the famous poet Langston Hughes? Read more about it and "5 Poems By 5 Black Poets That Honor The King For Real":

tweetz789: Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.- Langston Hughes

RYZEHoops: In a matchup of two of the better teams on the southside, Langston Hughes guard Kobe Davis stole the show in a win over Fayette County. He went for an impressive 28 in the win.

mmohrfeldBCHS: O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. ~"Let America Be America Again," Langston Hughes

outer_spaeth: I never understood poetry until I read Langston Hughes. It’s about capturing the feeling more then just describing. I still get a lump in my throat reading his work because I see how far we have to go.

RhondaSherrod: “To save the soul of America” the motto Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr & the group that formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) chose. Dr. King quoted Langston Hughes, “O yes I say it plain, America never was America to me & yet I swear this oath: America will be!”

BeineckeLibrary: Words for the Nation: A Playlist of Readings from the Collections ... poems by Langston Hughes; passages from Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Washington’s Farewell; and excerpts from Baldwin, Carson, Douglass, Lincoln, Tocqueville, & Warren

LiteraryVienna: „Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.“ Langston Hughes

NPR: Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech was in part inspired by a Langston Hughes poem. Write a few lines about what your hopes are for 2021 and submit them at this link to contribute to a community poem.

CafeRaeChello: “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?... Or does it explode? I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” Langston Hughes

mainegreenbrokr: I took the poem challenge "I Dream a World" from NPR, rom the Langston Hughes poem that inspired MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech.

litcleveland: "King spoke truth to power, and part of that strategy involved riffing or sampling Hughes’ words. By channeling Hughes’ voice, he was able to elevate the subversive words of a poet that the powerful thought they had silenced."

AfterWestphalia: "Let America Be America Again" - By Langston Hughes

TridentSociety: When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech 58 years ago, he changed the course of history with his aspiration. King was inspired by Langston Hughes' poem "I Dream A World." Can you describe how you dream a world?

NeptuneCali: When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech 58 years ago, he changed the course of history with his aspiration. King was inspired by Langston Hughes' poem "I Dream A World." Can you describe how you dream a world?

NatCremation: When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech 58 years ago, he changed the course of history with his aspiration. King was inspired by Langston Hughes' poem "I Dream A World." Can you describe how you dream a world?

CremationofVA: When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech 58 years ago, he changed the course of history with his aspiration. King was inspired by Langston Hughes' poem "I Dream A World." Can you describe how you dream a world?

BruceStiftel: Langston Hughes' poem I Dream a World that inspired Dr. King:

wetzel_la: Origins of the Dream: Langston Hughes's Poetry & Martin Luther King Jr.'s Rhetoric

loudn: Listen to Dr. Martin Luther King quote Langston Hughes, in this 21 minute speech he delivered at Glenville HS April 26 1967.

Carol3lizabeth: Langston Hughes - I Dream a World

drumby: On MLK day, a few words from Langston Hughes: If I found it in my heart to love you, And if I thought I really could, If I said “Brother, I forgive you,” I wonder, would it do any good? -Langston Hughes, A Little Letter to the White Citizens of the South

proflaurenmyers: “Write a poem that, like (Langston) Hughes did, begins with the line: "I dream a world" and describe the change you hope for. .... Share your poem...then (Kwame) Alexander will take lines from some of your pieces and create a community crowdsourced poem.”

CaresDee: 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... James Langston Hughes [1902-1967]

TwoMinuteMusic: I Dream A World, composed by the incomparable Rosephanye Powell, setting a poem by Langston Hughes. “A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth And every man is free”

Jahid44986776: Hold fast to dreams. For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes

BeineckeLibrary: Poem for a Man Written on the request of the Rev. Martin Luther King...for the salute to A. Philip Randolph at Carnegie Hall, New York from the Langston Hughes Papers Drafts, typescripts and carbon, corrected; more:

LeonLthethird: 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! -Langston Hughes

profgabrielle: MLK quotes this optimistic lament by Langston Hughes, a patriotic commitment to a country that's never been "America" to its Black citizens. O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath— America will be!

HScornik: The poet Langston Hughes was a notable influence on MLK.

DouglasCBennett: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” By Langston Hughes

RachelCleves: To celebrate MLK's birthday I am reposting this wonderful student project, that puts King in conversation with Langston Hughes, using quotations from their writings. "I Have a Dream" was inspired by Hughes' "I Dream a World." Let's all take the time today to dream a better world.

itsJarm: Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) — “Let America be America Again” Langston Hughes, 1935

mayhplumb: While reading one of King's speeches this morning, I came across a reference to this Langston Hughes poem which also seems pertinent today

POETSorg: To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes on gently, Dark like me— That is my dream! —Langston Hughes

PBPOETRYFEST: “Tomorrow, I'll be at the table / When company comes.” from Langston Hughes

DesignVisualize: Today Books Read: “Mother To Son” by Langston Hughes

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