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The great American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech, "I Have a Dream," (1963) looks forward to a time when all races can participate fully in the "American dream."

In his poem "Harlem" (1951), Hughes asks his famous question: "What happens to a dream deferred?" referring to the fact that African Americans' hopes for political and economic freedom were not able to be realized because of racist attitudes.

The Harlem Renaissance: Hub of African- American Culture, 1920-1930 (1996), by Steven Watson, traces the influential African-American cultural movement, of which Hughes was a key figure, that changed the way black intellectuals and artists thought about themselves.

Children of the Dream: Our Own Stories of Growing Up Black in America (2000), edited by Laurel Holliday, presents the stories of thirtyeight African Americans who explain what it is like to grow up black amidst racial prejudice.

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