This special issue, “Montage of a Dream Deferred: Projecting Langston Hughes’s Vision During COVID-19 (In Remembrance of George Floyd),” was inspired by the uprisings that spread like wildfire across the nation and other parts of the world after millions of people watched live footage, videotaped by seventeen-year-old Darnella Frazier, that showed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd right before our eyes, in broad daylight, May 25, 2020. The rapper Lil B captured the moment with the single “I Am George Floyd” released on June 4, 2020. The song engendered a wider sense of collective empathy as legions of youth, many of whom were white, began wearing T-shirts with the phrase emblazoned on the front. The scale, magnitude, and multiethnic composition of the protesters were unprecedented. This was Hughes’s vision made manifest. In his second autobiography, I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey (1956), he reflects on...

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