Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902. He was a poet, novelist, and champion of social justice as expressed through works that reached out to anyone who could read through use of powerful imagery and compelling diction. He incorporated aspects of his personal life with the larger sorrows and victories of the Black experience. As a leader of the Harlem Renaissance he produced works including The Weary Blues and Not Without Laughter. He died on May 22, 1967. His words are an inspiration to anyone who feels alienated from or discouraged about the prevailing political and social climate.
Still Here by Hughes
I been scared and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,
Looks like between ’em they done
Tried to make me
Stop laughin’, stop lovin’, stop livin’–
But I don’t care!
I’m still here!