Langston Hughes, “Montage of a Dream Deferred” (1951)
Langston Hughes saw that after World War II, Blacks returned from war to continued racism, segregation, unemployment, and poverty. They had fought for democracy abroad only to come back home to the United States to find a lack of democracy. In Montage of a Dream Deferred Hughes’ expresses the idea that the “dream deferred” might soon “explode.”
Film Clip Description
Langston Hughes’ poem is read by Danny Glover on May 2, 2007, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York, NY. The excerpt is from Voices of a People’s History of the United States edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.