January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the Academy of American Poets curated a wonderful collection of poems in honor and celebration. We’re sharing them with you, and encourage you to read them, share them, and reflect on other poems of your own choosing on this important national holiday.
“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou
“won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton
“Invitation to Love” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
“Shafro” by Terrance Hayes
“Microwave Popcorn” by Harmony Holiday
“Dream Variations” by Langston Hughes
“On Being Brought from Africa to America” by Phillis Wheatley