The Language of the Unheard

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In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, I’m thinking of Langston Hughes’ 1951 book of poems, Montage of a Dream Deferred. It includes “Harlem,” a short, simple masterpiece that speaks to the racial injustices people of color suffer in the United States. In the first line, Hughes wonders, “What happens to a dream deferred?”

He offers several possibilities. He first suggests that it festers and dies. Maybe, he…