James Mercer Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, MO. The famed poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist spent part of his childhood right here in Lawrence, KS. A new short film produced by KU Professor Madison Davis Lacy looks at Langston’s time here in Lawrence and how it helped to shape the trajectory of his renowned career.
You can read more about Langston’s Lawrence here. There will also be an awards ceremony and screening of the short film tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center starting at 7pm, followed by a panel with Hughes scholars Randal Jelks, John Edgar Tidwell, and others.
Langston’s Lawrence is part of a larger two-part documentary project: “I, Too, Sing America”: Langston Hughes Unfurled presented by the Dream Documentary Collective.
As we celebrate what would have been his 115th birthday and look ahead to some of the forthcoming work documenting his life, we are also looking back at some of our favorite HBW Langston Hughes posts:
If you are interested in learning more, please check out the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas.