Robert Hayden remains one of the most celebrated writers of his time writing on everyday human experiences and emotions that he believed would live longer and be of more importance than social issues that exist.
Aside from his very prominent poetry and writing which also tackled social issues such as race, war and social injustice, Robert is also celebrated for becoming the first African American to be appointed as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1976.
In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service issued a pane of stamps featuring ten great Twentieth Century American Poets which included Hayden for his
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Robert Hayden overcame a dark childhood thanks to his foster parents and his interest in books at a time when he could not fit in with the rest of his age mates.
Born on August 4, 1913, and dying at the age of 66 on February 25, 1980, here are ten touching quotes of Robert Hayden that will remind you of the importance of arts and pure humanity.