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What Langston Said

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Today is the anniversary of Langston Hughes’ birthday.  Some poems that he wrote in the 1930s has resurfaced and has been published in poetry magazine.  To read them pick up a copy of Poetry Magazine.

Here is one of the poems that’s called You and Your Whole Race.

You and your whole race.
Look down upon the town in which you live
And be ashamed.
Look down upon white folks
And upon yourselves
And be ashamed
That such supine poverty exists there,
That such stupid ignorance breeds children there
Behind such humble shelters of despair—
That you yourselves have not the sense to care
Nor the manhood to stand up and say
I dare you to come one step nearer, evil world,
With your hands of greed seeking to touch my throat, I dare you to come one step nearer me:
                        When you can say that
                        you will be free!
Langston Hughes, Poetry Magazine  January 2009
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Written by rentec

1 February, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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