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"They're Our Kids!" by Langston Hughes

An example of how Langston Hughes mixed poetry and political activism, this poem is in honor of Ozie Powell, one of 9 African-American boys arrested together in 1931 after being falsely accused of rape in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Creator: Sunday Worker; Feb. 2, 1936

Source: Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Alexander Gumby Collection

Produced by CCNMTL, Chase, Teachers College, and CCI