American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1901 and died on May 22, 1967at Joplin, Missouri. Hughes is widely regarded as a pivotal figure in the development of jazz poetry and the Harlem Renaissance.
Hughes who was African American used to spend his free time writing poetry. In 1883, his family established The Detroit Plaindealer as the city’s first African American newspaper. Hughes spent multiple days in the Detroit area. Let’s read in this post why the date February 7 was special for Langston Hughes.
What is Special about the date February 7?
Detroit’s acting mayor, Alfred Pelham presented poet Langston Hughes with the city’s key on February 7, 1964. It happened in Detroit during a run of plays by Hughes.
The ninth of February was designated as Langston Hughes Day in the Motor City. The African American poet, originally from Joplin, Missouri rose to prominence in New York City during the 1920s. During the time period known as the Harlem Renaissance when the works of numerous African American musicians, poets and artists captured the attention of the world.
At the Providence Public Library’s Donald J. Farish Auditorium on Sunday, poetry lovers gathered for the 28th Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading. Let’s see the video shared by Yahoo.com. Hughes, at the time 62 was in Detroit for the presentation of “Dreams Deferred” a production of his collected works.
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