Here's another mention of black poetry from the series:
Minutes later, Dasani is sitting in McKinney’s packed auditorium for an assembly on Black History Month.That's Hughes's "Harlem," which is often known by that question about a "dream deferred." After coming across that comment from the girl about "the same poems," I wondered what it would mean to expose young people to different and new black poetry. Or perhaps more important, what would it mean to expose teachers and other school officials to other poems.
She hates Black History Month.
“It’s always the same poems,” she says.
The new honor roll is called out. Dasani’s name is missing. It must be a mistake, she tells herself. But when she hears all the other names, the truth sinks in.
She slumps in her chair as a group of boys takes the stage to recite Langston Hughes.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Dasani knows this poem well. They read it every year. She stares blankly at the stage.
Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load
Or does it explode?
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