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Monday, January 15, 2007

Honoring Dr. King

Dr. Forrest Crawford, of Weber State University, will address the Senate at 11:30 a.m.

Come visit us in person or watch on-line.

[Update:] Good speech. At one point, Dr. Crawford quoted Langston Hughes:
Let America be the dream that dreamers dream.
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
O let my land
Be a land where Liberty is crowned
With no false patriotic wreath, but
Opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

--Langston Hughes

1/15/2007 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Langston Hughes said...

I, Too

I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

1/16/2007 4:43 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

We build our temples for tomorrow,
strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain
free within ourselves.

-LH

1/16/2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Diamondback Jack said...

My personal favorite . . .

Morning After
by Langston Hughes

I was so sick last night I
Didn’t hardly know my mind.
So sick last night I
Didn’t know my mind.
I drunk some bad licker that
Almost made me blind.

Had a dream last night I
Thought I was in hell.
I drempt last night I
Thought I was in hell.
Woke up and looked around me—
Babe, your mouth was open like a well.

I said, Baby! Baby!
Please don’t snore so loud.
Baby! Please!
Please don’t snore so loud.
You jest a little bit o’ woman but you
Sound like a great big crowd.

1/16/2007 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

2/07/2007 6:15 PM  

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