Langston Hughes' Birthday

Last Sunday was Langston Hughes' Birthday. Hughes was an activist, novelist, playwright and poet in the Harlem Renaissance. An innovator and visionary, Hughes gave a voice to black communities in the 1920's, while helping to create jazz poetry.

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes, 1902-1967

Hughes taken in 1943 by Gordon Parks

Hughes taken in 1943 by Gordon Parks

Pictured here are Langston Hughes (far left) with (left to right): Charles S. Johnson, E. Franklin Frazier, Rudolph Fisher and Hubert T. Delaney

Pictured here are Langston Hughes (far left) with (left to right): Charles S. Johnson, E. Franklin Frazier, Rudolph Fisher and Hubert T. Delaney

Pastel drawing of Hughes by Weinold Reiss, circa 1925

Pastel drawing of Hughes by Weinold Reiss, circa 1925