For Juneteenth, we’re ceding the floor | Friday Morning Coffee

June 19, 2020 7:00 am

Black Lives Matter protesters march outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Sunday, 6/7/20 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

With so many banks and public offices either closed or shuttering early in honor of the Juneteenth holiday today, we’re doing the same, and ceding the floor to one of the most eloquent and most necessary voices in American literature his morning:

The poet Langston Hughes, who asked in his poem, “Harlem:”

“What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

      Or does it explode?”

We’ll be considering Hughes’ question this Friday morning, as we continue working to make the Pennsylvania Capital-Star a publication truly reflective of all its readers.

See you back here on Monday.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.