Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Stale Grapes Network. I’m Jacquel’s friend Maddy (and you might have seen me before on this blog) and Jacquel has trusted me with this task, seeing as she would be asking us, “How is Black History Month Still a Thing?”
She already did that on MLK Day, and you all requested that she not do that again.
As we all know, Langston Hughes was a poet and a writer during a time known as the Harlem Renaissance. During the years following World War I, jazz music made its way to mainstream America, as well as talking movies.
Enter Langston Hughes.
His poems earned him renown during the 1920s and beyond for their biting wit and portrayal of an unseen part of African-American culture. Even after the Harlem Renaissance ended in the 1930s, his poems and stories continue to inspire scores of readers and writers.
Now you know a piece of African-American history. I will be back tomorrow with another presentation, so watch for it.
- 8 quotes to celebrate Langston Hughes on his 113th birthday (pbs.org)
- Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes (bluejersey.com)
- Langston Hughes’ 113th Birthday Honored Through Animated Google Doodle (huffingtonpost.com)
- Black History Month Google Doodle: Langston Hughes (blackliberalboomer2.com)
- This is why poet who wrote I Dream A World has been given a Google doodle – Langston Hughes (repeatingislands.com)