Langston Hughes Night Thread

Writer and activist James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902. He was a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and was of the first writers of “jazz poetry.”

Here’s one of his poems:


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow

Langston Hughes died in 1966, and his ashes are interred at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.