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 and beyond with a dramatic reading and signing of “Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond,” the most recent book of Hughes’ correspondence. The event begins at 6:45 p.m. in CCNY’s Aaron Davis Hall. Click here for ticket information.
Edited by Evelyn Louise Crawford and MaryLouise Patterson, this indispensable volume of letters between Hughes and four leftist confidants sheds vivid light on his life and politics. It collects their stories in an era of uncertainty and reveals their visions of an idealized world—one without hunger, war, racism, and class oppression.
Actors Vinie Burrows, Eisa Davis, Eric Coleman, Beethoven Oden and Stu Richel will read from the book to music by NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. Woodie King, Jr., an Obie Award winner and founder of New Federal Theatre, will direct. Robin D.G. Kelley, who wrote the book’s foreword, will emcee. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.
In addition to course offerings in the Division of Humanities and the Arts that discuss Hughes’ writing, CCNY also hosts the annual Langston Hughes Festival at which the Langston Hughes Medal is presented.
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