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From the Vaults: The Legacy of Langston Hughes

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jun 26, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 17:31

Guest: Kristin Matthews, PhD, Associate Professor of English, BYU For this month’s segment of “From the Vaults,” we’re going to dive into the BYU Special Collections to celebrate one of America’s greatest poets: Langston Hughes. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his death. The “king” of the Harlem Renaissance was known for writing jazz-influenced poetry that reflected the daily lives of African-Americans at the time and was accessible to everyone, not just scholars. BYU Special Collections has a signed copy of his book of poetry, "The Dream Keeper." Professor Matthews argues that his dreams are still unrealized today.