Friday, February 21, 2014
Week 8 Of Year-Long Hand-Lettering Project - Langston Hughes - "Hold Fast To Dreams...."
Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form “jazz poetry.” Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He was born on February 1, 1902, which was interesting to me because February 1 is my birthday too.
He was the voice for his race during his life and was, in his later years, deemed the “Poet Laureate of the Negro Race,” a title he encouraged. Hughes meant to represent the race in his writing and he was, perhaps, the most original of all African American poets. He died on May 22, 1967, after complications from surgery. At his funeral, very little was said by way of eulogy, but the jazz and the blues musicians who played for him, created a very fitting final tribute to this writer who had been a creative maverick, for his race and for his generation.