The 150th birthday of Vladimir Lenin

Lenin clipped
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924) was the major leader of the Bolshevik Party in Russia and the main strategist of the Russian Revolution of October 1917, in which the working class overthrew capitalism and took state power. Leon Trotsky, upon hearing of Lenin’s death in 1924, said: “Lenin is no more, but Leninism remains. What was immortal in Lenin—his teaching, his work, his method, his example—lives on in us, in the party which he founded, in the first workers’ state he led and guided. … In all of us there lives a small part of Lenin, and this is the best part of each one of us.”

 Lenin 

 

By LANGSTON HUGHES 

 

Lenin walks around the world.

Frontiers cannot bar him.

Neither barracks nor barricades impede.

Nor does barbed wire scar him.

Lenin walks around the world.

Black, brown, and white receive him.

Language is no barrier.

The strangest tongues believe him.

 

Lenin walks around the world.

The sun sets like a scar.

Between the darkness and the dawn

There rises a red star.

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