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Langston Hughes

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Mason Vieth

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967 Born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin Missouri Attended both Columbia and Lincoln University First Poem Published in 1921 Promoted by Vashel Lindsay I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America. 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? Hughes Receiving Spingarn Medal First Langston Hughes Medal awarded in 1973 Hughes died on May 22, 1967 Many people believe that Hughes was homosexual. "Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it."
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