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Scholar Proves the Influence of Langston Hughes’s Poetry on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Rhetoric

A new book by an NC State professor, Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric  demonstrates the profound influence Langston Hughes’s poems exerted on the letters, sermons, speeches and ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. If the influence of Mahatma Gandhi helped King shape his vision of nonviolent resistance, then Hughes’s poetry helped him articulate it to the masses. Jason Miller, English, featured.