Looking for Langston

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The man on the right is Ben Ellison, Langston Hughes, and the man on the right is his boyfriend Mathew Baidoo. From the movie “Looking for Langston,” 1989.

Is freedom merely enough? That was a question for most Black people in the United States in 19th and 20th centuries. Harlem had become the destination for most African Americans in the early 1900s. They were looking to find a way to achieve equality and civil rights. With a stronger community in Harlem, Black residents started a movement in 1910 to fight for their American rights. Uniquely, this movement was inspired by various works by Black artists: Three Plays for a Negro Theater, Claude McKay’s If We Must Die, poems by Langston Hughes, and others.

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The Whispers of Black People: Langston Hughes’ Struggles with Gay Pride

From the movie “Looking for Langston”, 1989 The man on the right is Ben Ellison as Langston Hughes.  The man on the right is his boyfriend Mathew Baidoo.

From the movie “Looking for Langston”, 1989
The man on the right is Ben Ellison as Langston Hughes. The man on the right is his boyfriend Mathew Baidoo.

Is freedom merely enough?  That was a wonder for most of the black people in the United States in 19th and 20th centuries.  Harlem had become the destination for most African Americans in the early 1900s.  They were looking to find a way to achieve equality and civil rights. With a stronger black community, Harlem Renaissance had started its movement in 1910 to fight for their Americans’ rights.  Uniquely, the inspiration of this movement is based on the play, Three plays for a negro theater”, the essay for Claude McKay, “If We Must Die” , poems of Langston Hughes and other great artists who came from across the country to ask for a recognition of their works. (more…)

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