Extending the Dream
The conclusion examines additional connections between King and Hughes beyond the metaphor of dreaming. Hughes’s speech in Accra, Ghana, in 1962 ends with an alternate version of “Youth” that closely mirrors King’s own speeches. Hughes’s 1964 poem “Dream of Freedom” and his play Jericho-Jim Crow are considered as direct responses to King himself. King’s famous April 4, 1967, speech “Beyond Vietnam” is examined for its highly visible quotation from Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America Again.” In fact, this became King’s most visible invocation of Hughes’s poetry as a clip from this portion of the speech appeared the next night on ABC news. Vincent Harding’s role in drafting the incredibly controversial speech is also finely parsed.
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