Connecting Langston Hughes's Poetry to Martin Luther King

September 21, 2017
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Campus Events Fine Arts Students
Nebraskan Student Union, Ponderosa Room
Since Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech, some scholars have privately suspected that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream" was connected to Langston Hughes's poetry. With his recent discovery of a reel-to-reel audio tape featuring Dr. King's first ever "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered nine months before the famous March on Washington in 1963, this presentation confirms those suspicions. Dr. Jason Miller also provides original and compelling evidence to show that Hughes' influence on King was, in fact, evident in more than just the one famous speech. In addition to hearing the story of how the audio was uncovered, Prof. Miller will also share images of archival materials including notes, correspondence, marginalia, and a previously unpublished poem personally requested from Hughes by Dr. King. Miller is Professor of English, Associate Head, and Director of Undergraduate Studies at NC State University. His book Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric is currently being turned into a documentary film featuring the voice of actor Danny Glover:
Cherie DeFreece