Langston Hughes: In His Own Words

In 2014, WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary and nine decades as a touchstone for information and culture in New York.  One gem in that extensive archive is a recording poet and civil rights icon Langston Hughes gave to the National Association of Authors. The speech aired on WNYC in June 1957 and exemplifies how the celebrated writer found an authentic American voice in the face of prejudice.

Poet and professor Nikki Giovanni has been teaching Langston Hughes' work to her students at Virginia Tech University for more than two decades and has long thought about what it meant for Hughes to be a black writer in America.

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