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The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Discuss the work of poet Langston Hughes, one of the greatest writers of the Harlem Renaissance and beyond.

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  • Dr. John Getz, Professor Emeritus, Xavier University
  • Dr. Tyrone Williams, Professor of English, Xavier University

Suggested reading:

Langston Hughes, from The Best of Simple (1961):

  • “Simple on Military Integration”
  • “Jazz, Jive, and Jam”
  • Poems: (all are short)
  • “Dream Variations” (1924)
  • “I, Too” (1925)
  • “Let America Be America Again” (1936)
  • “Dream Boogie” (1951)
  • “Harlem” (“Here on the edge of hell…”) (1949)
  • “Harlem” (“What happens to a dream deferred?”) (1951)

2021 Discussion Series Theme: After Uncle Tom’s Cabin

When researching and writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe drew on a tradition of Black Americans telling their own stories and writing against slavery. After abolition, Black authors recognized that the fight for equality had only begun. They made their own contributions to the rich, diverse tradition of Black voices for justice that continues to our own day.

In 2021 the Harriet Beecher Stowe House’s monthly discussion series “After Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Black Voices for Justice,” will consider some of the important works by men and women in this tradition from the 19th century to our own time. After the Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe became increasingly concerned with women’s issues, and we’ll follow her example by examining questions of both racial and gender justice as well as intersections between the two.


May 5
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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