Jason Miller makes a tangible connection between the long suspected but never proven link between the poetry of Harlem Renaissance hero Langston Hughes and the prose of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
--NC State University News
Invokes readers to reconsider both figures through their shared poetic metaphors of dreaming.
A welcome addition to African-American studies.
Shares how King’s dream is traced to Hughes’ poetry. The book reveals that King wasn’t just a preacher or political figure, but also had the persona of a poet.
Explores the previously unrealized link between poetry and politics at one of the most important times in American history.
Brilliant....Miller’s book will help correct the historical amnesia that has for too long blotted out recognition of the cultural continuity between Hughes and King. A masterpiece.
Miller meticulously examines the ways by which, through a process of what he calls “submerging,” King reworked a number of Hughes’ key images and tropes. . . . [A] carefully researched and astutely argued book.
--Science & Society
Shows how the relationship between King and Hughes is part of a larger tradition in African American rhetoric of community, indirection, and cultural reinvention. . . . Reminds us of how marginalized groups remodel and subvert communication patterns in order to have their voices heard and make them matter in the mainstream.
--American Literary History