December 12, 2002
LOS ANGELES - For 30 years, Edward Miller had tucked away his late father's files on a family friend, papers that included handwritten notes signed "Lang." Finally, at the suggestion of his wife, Miller, a 57-year-old retired court reporter, pulled the old briefcase full of files from the closet and took it to the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. Sue Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts, took one look and got goose bumps. The Millers, who live in Altadena, Calif., had a small but rich cache of letters, manuscripts and other material by Langston Hughes, one of the 20th-century's most beloved and important black voices.
December 5, 2004
The Train of States By Peter Sis. Greenwillow / HarperCollins. $17.99. Ages 8-11 years. Only Peter Sis could pull this off -- a book about all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, with each state represented as a circus wagon that's going into a red-white-and-blue tent -- and make the book fun to read. The book contains all sorts of information for "doing a report," but Sis' quirky drawings and selections make it all seem more interesting than it ever did before. Did you know about the paleontologists who feuded in 19th-century New Jersey about dinosaurs, or that in Montana, elk, deer and antelope outnumber humans?
December 1, 2005
The theater at Morgan State University pulsates with so much energy it's just about radioactive. Some 25 actors, singers, dancers and musicians from the school's theater department are rehearsing Langston Hughes' gospel-song play Black Nativity, which opens today. The performers swirl on stage in a montage of African rhythms and gospel music celebrating, as the spiritual says, the birth of the "Sweet Little Jesus Boy." On this night, the Morgan troupe is performing a final run-through before tackling technical and dress rehearsals.
January 10, 1991
"Reading, Writing, and Rapmatazz," a half-hour of song dance and rap about the aspirations of young people, will air on WBAL-TV (Channel 11) at 8 tonight.Sinbad, from the program "A Different World," stars in the show, which focuses on the pleasures of reading and writing. "Rapmatazz" uses material by high school students as well as works from Shakespeare, Dickens, Langston Hughes and others.
August 8, 1999
Langston Hughes(1902-1967)Born in Joplin, MO., Hughes played an important part of the Harlem Renaissance which was thriving in New York in the 1920s and '30s.Hughes said of his poems: they are "to be read aloud, crooned, shouted and sung. None with a faraway voice."Many black academics opposed his depiction of blacks. He defied them further by publishing "The Ways of White Folks."He worked as the Madrid correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American during the Spanish Civil War.-- A Reader's Guide to Twentieth Century Writers
May 7, 1995
For years, neighbors have teasingly threatened to name a street after Earles Mitchell, a 77-year-old community activist whose love for children is known from City Hall to her Park Heights neighborhood.Yesterday, Mrs. Mitchell's neighbors made good on their threat."Earles Mitchell Way" was unveiled before 50 neighborhood residents, children and city officials gathered outside Langston Hughes Elementary School, across the way from Ms. Mitchell's house."Mrs. Mitchell is our leader. Mrs. Mitchell is our matriarch," said Park Heights resident Beverly Thomas, who helped plan yesterday's activities, which included planting a flower garden in Ms. Mitchell's honor.