By W. Jason Miller
“A vade mecum for these attracted to the cultural parts, the political values, and the inventive sensibilities that united Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King Jr. in spirit, concept, and outlook. Masterfully conceived, meticulously researched, and gracefully written, this publication breaks new ground.”—Lewis V. Baldwin, writer of There Is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Archival fabric is spotlighted in Miller’s exploration of the methods Martin Luther King Jr. enlarged the attraction of his rhetoric through the use of poetry in his speeches. Readers will emerge with a better appreciation of either King and Langston Hughes.”—Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper, editor of The Later basic tales (The accumulated Works of Langston Hughes, quantity 8)
“Miller’s learn offers an unique, attractive and provocative thesis that explores the hitherto unexplored hyperlinks among 20th century African American icons.”—John A. Kirk, editor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights circulate: Controversies and Debates
For years, a few students have privately suspected Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was once attached to Langston Hughes’s poetry, and the hyperlink among the 2 used to be purposefully veiled via cautious allusions in King’s orations. In Origins of the Dream, W. Jason Miller lifts that veil to illustrate how Hughes’s innovative poetry grew to become a measurable inflection in King’s voice, and that the impression are available in additional than simply the only well-known speech.
Miller contends that via utilising Hughes’s metaphors in his speeches, King negotiated a political weather that sought to silence the poet’s subversive voice. He argues that by utilizing allusion instead of citation, King shunned intensifying the threats and accusations opposed to him, whereas permitting the country to unconsciously embody the incendiary rules in the back of Hughes’s poetry.