In all my life I have never been free. I have never been able to do anything with freedom, except in the field of my writing. With my parents, with my employers in my struggle for food, in all the material circumstances of life, I have been forced to move this way and that — only when I sat down for a moment to write have I been able to put down what I wanted to put down, to say what I wanted to say, when and where I choose . . . . . .
Remembering Langston Hughes: His Art, Life, and Legacy Fifty Years Later is a local and national forum on Langston Hughes.
Langston Hughes has long shaped people’s understanding of themselves and of the United States more broadly. His powerful written works have provided insight into our painful past and hope for a future beyond the ills that have plagued our society. He was the “Bard of Harlem” and he remains America’s Bard.
This conference commemorates Hughes 50 years after his passing, exploring his art, life, and legacy as viewed by many of the top Hughes scholars, literature scholars, biographers, writers, and poets working today. The conference is organized by Wallace Best and is free and open to the public.