“I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.” — Langston Hughes
The Langston Hughes Library in Cleveland honors the poet and playwright who lived in a modest house in Cleveland while attending Central High School. The Library has memorabilia of Langston Hughes, including a letter written to the library and other items. Built in 1998, the Library named for the poet and storyteller is located at 10200 Superior Avenue. Cleveland has a population just under 400,000.
According to britannica.com, “After his grandmother’s death, he and his mother moved to half a dozen cities before reaching Cleveland, where they settled. He wrote the poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” the summer after his graduation from high school in Cleveland; it was published in The Crisis in 1921 and brought him considerable attention.”
A holiday movie Langston Hughes fans should see is Black Nativity (2013). It is based on one of his plays, features his poetry at a peak moment and has a main character named “Langston.”
Read more about Langston Hughes here: biography.com.
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