In Solidarity


John Lewis (1940–2020),
Member of Congress, 
tireless marcher for justice,
and the maker of good trouble

In Memory of George Floyd

The Center for Latin American Studies
stands in solidarity with those who are mourning
the horrific killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,
Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others.

Issues of racism, systemic oppression, and police brutality
span the Americas. The most important tribute to the families
of these victims and to all peoples of the Americas
is deep, far-reaching, and meaningful change. 

A portrait of George Floyd from his photo, by Carsten Smithby (2020).
A portrait of George Floyd from his photo, by Carsten Smithby (2020).

From "Let America Be America Again"
By Langston Hughes (1936)

"... O, let America be America again—

The land that never has been yet—

And yet must be—the land where every man is free.

The land that's mine—the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME—

Who made America,

Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,

Must bring back our mighty dream again."

Link to full poem from the Poetry Foundation

A portrait of Langston Hughes in 1927 by Winold Reiss. (Image from the Library of Congress.)
A portrait of Langston Hughes, by Winold Reiss (1927). (Image from the Library of Congress.)