On February 1, 2015, Google celebrates the birth of a highly praised and culturally influential author during the Harlem Renaissance, a prosperous time for black art, music, dance, and theatre. Langston Hughes was a writer and a poet and recipient of a Rosenwald grant who found inspiration through the struggle of his people as well as his own life experiences. The animated features one of his works entitled “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
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!”
This tribute is very timely to not only kick off Black History and to celebrate his birthday, but also to show the newer “technology generation” that dreams evolve but they will never die through great literary works. To watch the video click on this link below!
Thank you Langston!
Erica Marshall, Winter Intern