Black History Month: Postcard from Langston Hughes

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Division. Fight. Understanding. Unity.

During seasons of deep division, some of our most powerful commentary have come from artists and other creatives.  This Black History Month, I am reminded of the great poet, Langston Hughes and his powerful poem, I, Too, Sing America.  It was first published in 1926, at a time when African-Americans were still fighting for a place at the table. It was painful and destructive to the soul to be treated as "less than." The fight for equality continues, especially for our immigrant communities and our brothers and sisters from Haiti and the continent of Africa. They are still fighting for a seat at the table.  Fighting to shed the label of "other" or "outsider." Every family knows that it doesn't matter how big the house is, we all seem to congregate in the kitchen.  Somehow, we manage to find room at the kitchen counter or the kitchen table for everyone. Our country can do the same.

 Langston Hughes (Image and content courtesy of Shutterstock, Langston Hughes and Poets.org.

Langston Hughes (Image and content courtesy of Shutterstock, Langston Hughes and Poets.org.