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Riehlife Poem for MLK’s life and death: “Democracy,” by Langston Hughes

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the great civil right's leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Riehlife offers Langston Hughes' poem "Democracy." ---JGR


by Langston Hughes

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

Is a strong seed
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.

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  1. Thank you for posting this poem. It will be a thoughtful reading at our UU Women's Support group.

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