"I, Too" and Langston Hughes
Okay, so I’m struggling this month to write anything good. Don’t judge me haha! To try to keep my inspiration flowing, I’ve been reading some of the work of my favorite poets. Langston Hughes, of course, led the Harlem Renaissance with his startling forwardness and thunderous tone. In 1925, he wrote “I, Too” which was recited by Denzel Washington in his directorial debut The Great Debaters (2007), another favorite movie of mine. I had heard the poem prior to it being used in the film, but it never resonated with me the way it did after Mr. Tolson recited it.
I’m going to share both with you today, mostly because they move me. I hope you are moved the same way.