Let America Be America Again

From artist Steve Brodner's wonderful blog…by which I mean both the art and the poem by Langston Hughes he quotes…

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Lincoln said, “We must disenthrall
Ourselves  and then we shall save our country.”
Meaning, snap to, pay attention
Lest you lose your moment to act.
But of all the days of my life
This might be the one to enthrall.
To stand for an hour, transfixed, awed, engaged
By a movement to greatness.
Where we can feel the transcendence
Of the past toward the mature moment
Of finding in ourselves the capacity to create,

To make new, to be brilliant.

Today let us stop and consider
How we didn’t stop growing,
How we thought and acted anew,
How we challenged ourselves,
And, unlead, WE lead
And found a way forward,
To bring a young man
To the Capitol steps
This electric and enthralling morning,
And seek in him a reflection
Of the greatness in us.

Let America be America Again

LANGSTON HUGHES 1938

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