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Langston Hughes

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

Beautiful in Their Resilience: Youth Voices of Detroit, Revealed

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 05.23.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I have long felt that our students have a somewhat different relationship to their city than children in other parts of the country, that they take Detroit as their muse and that the city actually becomes a character in their work.

John 3: Light from Darkness from Langston Hughes poem "The Negro"

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The Gospel lesson last Sunday comes from John, Chapter 3 -- the ultimate passage from the Bible on the need to have a personal relationship with God t...

'I Thought You Were Black': Teacher Tells Student To Read Poem 'Blacker'

Posted 03.18.2012 | Education

A Virginia high school English teacher is under investigation for allegedly asking the only black student in the class to read a poem in a "blacker" m...

Savoring Harlem: Watching the New Harlem Renaissance Come Alive

Marcus Samuelsson | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home
Marcus Samuelsson

Harlem is alive and thriving, more so now than ever before, and in many cases food is at the center of Harlem's new economic growth. Within the midst of great history and cultural diversity lies a food side of Harlem just waiting to be discovered by those foodies who seek it.

Is A Newspaper Column Literature?

Errol Louis | Posted 02.13.2012 | Books
Errol Louis

It's only a matter of time before the newspaper column takes its rightful place as a recognized and respected form of literature, every bit as vital as its more celebrated cousins, the short story and the novel.

Major Museum Hosts Gay Marriage-Themed Exhibition

Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts

Art museums are so often understood as sanctuaries in which to preserve the past, so it's rare to experience a museum show instead devoted to understa...

Hottest Authors: 12 We'd Love To Be Haunted By

Posted 12.31.2011 | Books

Ghosts and books go hand-in-hand. Be it William Shakespeare or Stephen King, writers have long been penning poltergeists. While most literary ghosts a...

Looking for the Dream of America

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Occupy means "to keep and hold, to fill, to employ." It is high time to occupy America again; not the America of partisan politics and corporate influence; but the America that can hold and keep alive the dreams of its young people.

Politics And The Misuse Of Langston Hughes

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2011 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

For Santorum and Perry to invoke Langston Hughes in their bids for the Republican presidential nomination is a disheartening misuse of the poet.

Are Students Prepared For 21st Century Jobs?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.18.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

If President Obama is right about the importance of education for improving national competitiveness, you would expect teaching to be a 21st century growth industry.

Famous Authors And Their Typewriters

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books

There’s something magical about catching a glimpse of one of your favorite authors at work – even a photo of the epic event can send an anxious th...

Hold Fast to King's Dream

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Kaas Boyle

On April 4, 1968, a shot rang out in the Memphis sky and Martin Luther King Jr. fell silent. But King's message of one America, undivided by race, would not die.

Remembering Trans Heroine Rita Hester

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

This weekend is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and many of us will be memorializing transgender Americans murdered because of their gender identities or gender expressions.

No More Dreams Deferred

Gabe Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabe Gonzalez

I think about the dreams of undocumented youth in this country. I see them in their ROTC uniforms, begging for a chance to serve. I see them, and I worry about another dream deferred.

PHOTOS: Harlem's Langston Hughes House Finally Sold?

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Langston Hughes' famed East Harlem home has been pulled off the market. There's speculationthe house has been sold to a cash buyer for less than its...

Labor Day Poems

poetryfoundation.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Poetry Foundation By Becca Klaver For the United States' 129th Labor Day, we bring you a variety of poems, podcasts, and articles--some meditate ...

Homo-Harlem: Learning How to be Gay from Movies

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Henry Adams

Yesterday, I saw the season's gay hit move of the summer, Sex in the City II, which has received such bad reviews, but my friends and I quite enjoyed ...

The Meaning of Manslaughter?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

The United States has elected its first black president, and yet our struggle for human dignity and mutual respect is hardly over. In the same electio...

Raoul Abdul, Rodney Leonard and a Great House of New York, in Harlem!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

Just who is Rodney Leonard, and how has he come to occupy one of handsomest and most comfortable duplex apartments in the city, decorated with a king's ransom worth of African art?

A Portrait of Deborah Willis

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Martha St Jean

Deborah Willis tells stories through pictures. I wanted to tell her story with her words. We sat down in New York City's Leica Gallery discussing her, her work and the life of art.

Great Poems for Black History Month

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Travis Nichols

I humbly offer a brief selection of classic and contemporary poems that explore and celebrate the rich tradition of African-American poetry.

Did The Death Of Communism Take Koestler And Other Literary Figures With It?

The New York Review of Books | Anne Applebaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Anne Applebaum The New York Review Of Books "Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic" by Michael Scammell, Rando...

Brazil Feels The Pain Of Peacekeeping in Haiti

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With a presidential vote on the horizon, Brazil's national conscience is getting a strong dose of melancholia generated by non-stop coverage of dead and wounded soldiers coming home from UN peacekeeping operations in Haiti.