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"Let America Be America Again" by Langston Hughes

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one...
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BEVERLY HILLS — This year marks a half-century since the death of preeminent Black poet Langston Hughes. He died on May 22, 1967, and as jazz performer and historian Ron McCurdy says, we need Langston in our lives today more than ever.

Langston Hughes’ jazz “Ask Your Mama” launches national tour

"Shepherd’s Song at Christmas" by Langston Hughes

Look there at the star!
I, among the least,
Will arise and take
A journey to the East.
But what shall I bring
As a present for the King?
What shall I bring to the Manger?
I will bring a song,
A song that I will sing,
In the Manger.
Watch out for my flocks,
Do not let them stray.
I am going on a journey
Far, far away.
But what shall I bring
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"Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

The instructor said,

Go home and write
a page tonight.
And let that page come out of you—
Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it’s that simple?
I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here
to this college on the hill above Harlem.
I am the only colored student in my...
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The longest-running production in the country of Langston Hughes’s “gospel song-play’’ continues to provide emotional and spiritual nourishment.

‘Black Nativity’ keeps tradition not just alive, but vital

The actress accepted a lifetime achievement award from Ebony magazine.

Cicely Tyson turns to Langston Hughes in accepting Ebony honor

Is a bright star
Glowing in far Southern skies.
Look too hard
And its burning flame
Will always hurt your eyes."
--from "Love Song For Lucinda" by Langston Hughes
Is a bright star
Glowing in far Southern skies.
Look too hard
And its burning flame
Will always hurt your eyes."
--from "Love Song For Lucinda" by Langston Hughes
"The beautiful work of African-American composer Margaret Bonds. She worked with this incredible poet Langston Hughes. And together they produced this beautiful work called The Ballad of the Brown King. And it's a Christmas cantata for chorus and orchestra."

UTSA Takes On Ambitious Holiday Program With A Poetic Twist

“Ballad of Roosevelt” by Langston Hughes was published in the New Republic on this day in 1934.

"Ballad of Roosevelt"

The pot was empty,
The cupboard was bare.
I said, Papa,
What’s the matter here?
I’m waitin' on Roosevelt, son,
Roosevelt, Roosevelt,
Waitin' on Roosevelt, son.
The rent was due,
And the lights was out.
I said, Tell me, Mama,
What’s it all about?
We’re waitin' on Roosevelt,...
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Introducing Hillary Clinton's concession with references to Langston Hughes and William Faulkner, Tim Kaine reminded supporters their election loss was only one setback, says scholar Arnold Rampersad.

Langston Hughes is helping people get through this election (Opinion)

"Love Song For Lucinda" by Langston Hughes

Is a ripe plum
Growing on a purple tree.
Taste it once
And the spell of its enchantment
Will never let you be.

Is a bright star
Glowing in far Southern skies.
Look too hard
And its burning flame
Will always hurt your eyes.

Is a high mountain
Stark in a windy sky.
If you
Would never lose your breath
Do not climb too high.
NEW HAVEN >> Two cool musical events will take place at Yale this weekend, covering jazz, literature and vocal arts.

Jazzy ‘Langston Hughes Project,’ Glee Club anniversary concert at Yale this weekend

Ntozake Shange, the famed poet and playwright who authored the Obie-Award-winning play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” is the 2016 winner of the Langston Hughes Medal.

Famed poet, playwright, novelist Ntozake Shange wins 2016 Langston Hughes Medal | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Books — where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.”
--from "I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey" (1956) by Langston Hughes

Better To Speak: 11 Quotes Honoring Black Poetry Day

"Books containing the 'N-word' are often targeted by prison censors, Slater writes. This has led to the banning of books by Langston Hughes, Noam Chomsky, Philip Roth, Richard Wright and Salman Rushdie."

Texas prisons ban books by Langston Hughes and Bob Dole - but 'Mein Kampf' is OK

"Coker—who has created an all-punching, all-kicking superhero show brimming with cultural and literary references—names James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Sonia Sanchez, and Nikki Giovanni as inspirations for learning how to write about being “black in this country” and steeping Marvel's Luke Cage in the culture of Harlem. “It’s always been about...
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Luke Cage and the Year Marvel Finally Reckoned with Its Black Audience

Mary Schmich asks, 'Can a poem change a mind, a vote, a nation?' after Langston Hughes poem, printed in full in the New York Times, starts social media sensation

Can a poem change a mind, a vote, a nation?

Nearly 50 years after his passing, Langston Hughes is still recognized as one of America's greatest writers. He’s revered as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and an innovator of jazz poetry. On October 7, City College Center for the Arts celebrates Hughes’ enduring legacy in the Harlem community a...

City College Center for the Arts celebrates the Langston Hughes legacy

Hey, at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, one four-word line from the poem gets a whole wall.

Langston Hughes Poem Anchors Entire Page