To foreigners, he was a fellow traveler who recognized the plight of the oppressed.
Two men were convicted in 1859 of violating the Fugitive Slave Act. They had rescued a runaway slave from slave hunters in Ohio, one of the small acts of resistance that led to the Civil War.
In order to avoid being labeled a communist sympathizer, King needed to publicly distance himself from the controversial poet. Privately, King found ways to channel Hughes' prose.
Keorapetse Kgositsile was made South Africa’s national poet laureate in 2006, the only person to have been given the honour.
He was criticised for leaning on the crutch of his guitar, but if Dylan leaned on anything, it was his love of poetry.