From the editor's desk.

Author:Gabriele, Edward
Position:Introduction - Works of Langston Hughes - Editorial

What happens to a dream come real? Does it swell up like a wheat shaft in the sun? Or does it implode into every living thing? Langston Hughes, the famous African-American poet, would have preferred living in a social climate where he could have written the above rather than his starker, bitter words in A Dream Deferred. Hughes' original work was a deservedly harsh and stinging criticism of an American people whose founders fought for Freedom, but then over the centuries have denied that same gift to others by the atrocities of slavery and discrimination of every form.

This year, the yearned-for dream that pulsed beneath the hardened callous of Hughes' poetry has come real. America has elected an African American as president. Beyond any form of politics and partisanship, this is clearly the dream-come-real indeed. From the raucous debates of the past months, something entirely new has taken place. A people's hope has given a wakening realism to images and visions once thought to be so much the stuff of which dreams are made. This is a year in which all people of good will can celebrate that elusive but compelling dream, Freedom.

This coming near of Freedoms Dream is wonderfully reminiscent of the stirring figure of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, we remembered somberly the 40th anniversary of his assassination. We also remembered with pride the 45th anniversary of his famous speech, I Have A Dream, given on the steps of the...

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