Today is¬†Langston Hughes‘ birthday. He would have been 113 years old. It is also the first day of the Black History Month celebration in the US. I’ve always wondered whether¬†Americans also have Latin History Month, Native American History Month, and so on? Because if one month is set aside to commemorate Black History, then¬†what other history is Langston Hughescommemorated in the other 11 months of the year? Then again, that’s just my issue with commemoration, it is the best way to forget – but that’s a story for another day.

So Google did a Doodle paying tribute to Hughes, whose work inspired many an author, singer, artist and activist during¬†the Harlem Renaissance and beyond. I wanted to post one of his great poems in celebration of this man and none other resonated with me as much as the one on the¬†Google Doodle, I Dream A World.¬†The words are¬†as much important now, as they¬†were¬†then. We are still struggling with equality on so many fronts, especially¬†race and gender. Perhaps confronting¬†Hughes’ dream and aligning it to our own today will remind us¬†of our¬†achievements¬†and spur us on to continue doing our best to get to¬†that world that he, and we, dream of.

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!

And this is the Google Doodle:

Image of Langston Hughes taken from NewRepublic.com