RICHMOND, Va. - African American Poet Langston Hughes was one of the trailblazers of a literary art form called “Jazz Poetry” and the leader of New York City’s “Harlem Renaissance” era.

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“LIBERTY!
FREEDOM!
DEMOCRACY!
True anyhow no matter how many
Liars use those words.”
--from “In Explanation of Our Times” (1955) by Langston Hughes

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Vigilance in an Age of 'Alternative Facts': 14 Quotes on the Art of Deceit

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By Demetria Irwin, ebony.com There ain’t no crystal stair in the late Langston Hughes’ historic Harlem abode, but there is a narrow wooden one–the delicate steps of which moan and creak as they give in to each visitor’s foot. The bones of the 1869 built brownstone are modest, but elegant—very approp...

Langston Hughes’ Harlem home gets new life

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A non-profit has reclaimed the space where the poet once lived.

Langston Hughes' Harlem Home Is Officially For The People

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Today is the 115th anniversary of the birth of Langston Hughes.
"Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?
"Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?
"Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.
He played a few chords then he sang some more—
“I got the Weary Blues
And I can’t be satisfied.
Got the Weary Blues
And can’t be satisfied—
I ain’t happy no mo’
And I wish that I had died.”
And far into the night he crooned that tune.
The stars went out and so did the moon.
The singer stopped playing and went to bed
While the Weary Blues echoed...
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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

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"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
As...
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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

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The actress accepted a lifetime achievement award from Ebony magazine.

Cicely Tyson turns to Langston Hughes in accepting Ebony honor

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"Love
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
"Love
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

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