Let America be America again
Let it be the dream it used to be
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free
America used to be more about possibility than impossibility. But the African American experience in America was more about the latter than former. The speaker yearns for an America that is new, fresh, and free.
On May 13, 2013, the Minnesota Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Just moments before the vote, openly gay State Senator Scott Dibble read the first two stanzas of this poem, omitting the parenthetical lines, saying
“…this is not a day about being alienated and disaffected from the state and the country that we all love.”
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