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1943

Robert Hayden Becomes Bahá’í

Robert Hayden was an internationally recognized poet and the first African American to be appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress  (1976-now known as Poet Laureate). His best-known poem dealing with Black history is “Middle Passage.

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The Bahá’í Faith had a great influence on Hayden’s worldview and work.  He said,  “I believe in the essential oneness of all people and I believe in the basic unity of all religions. I don’t believe races are important; I think that people are important.”

(source http://www.bahai.us/robert-hayden)

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