Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was born today in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri.

Google has done a beautiful doodle for the day (good job on putting it ahead of The Big Game) and if you’d like to know more about his life, the Academy of American Poets has a good writeup.

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!
– Langston Hughes, I Dream A World

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