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Martha Hanner: A poem for Juneteenth


Thursday, June 18, 2020

In honor of Juneteenth, I recommend that all of us reread Langston Hughes poem, “Let America Be America Again,” originally written in 1935.

I quote one verse here:

“O, let America be America again —

The land that never has been yet —

And yet must be — the land where every man is free.

The land that’s mine — the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME —

Who made America,

Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,

Must bring back our mighty dream again.”

Martha Hanner

Amherst