Black History Month

28 Jan

With January winding down and February just around the corner, you may have heard that the U.S. observes National Black History Month every February to recognize achievements and contributions by African-Americans.

February 1st, appropriately enough, is poet Langston Hughes’s birth anniversary (1902-1967).   One of my favorite poems of his is “Dream Variations”:

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
    Dark like me--
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance!  Whirl!  Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening . . .
A tall, slim tree . . .
Night coming tenderly
    Black like me.

From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes,
published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Copyright © 1994 the Estate of Langston Hughes.
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