Let America Be America Again

A poem by Langston Hughes.

Image by Miguel Adrover. The poem appears in this book; I will hold on to this object for as long as I can.

Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed —
Let…