A Harlem Renaissance, From Douglass To Dubois Free Audio Books

Open Society has provided us all with the free links to downloadable audiobooks, which are from Harlem’s renaissance of mostly classics, during the COVID Crisis. Below, you’ll find great works by great writers of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as W.E.B. Dubois, James Baldwin, Frederick Douglas, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelo and more that can be downloaded right to your MP3 player or computer.

Here’s our super curated list:

Fiction & Literature

James Baldwin

Langston Hughes

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  • “Simple on Indian Blood”(read by Ossie Davis) – Free Stream
  • “A Toast to Harlem” (read by Ossie Davis) – Free Stream
  • “Last Whipping” (read by Ossie Davis) – Free Stream
  • “Feet Live Their Own Life” (read by Ossie Davis) – Free Stream
Maya Angelou
  • On the Pulse of Morning (read by the author) – YouTube
  • Phenomenal Woman – YouTube
  • Still I Rise & On the Pulse of the Morning (read by author) – YouTube

Langston Hughes

  • Langston Hughes Reads Langston Hughes – Spotify
  • The Dream Keeper and Other Poems of Langston Hughes (read by Hughes) – Spotify
  • The Glory of Negro HistorySpotify
  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers (read by Hughes) – YouTube
  • The Voice of Langston HughesSpotify


Frederick Douglass, Frederick

W.E.B. Dubois

Audio Book Podcast Site

  •  Great Speeches in History iTunesFeedWeb Site: Incredible speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Speech, to the Obama Keynote address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, to The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln as recited by Harlem’s Colin Powell to name a few.

This wonderful list was provided by the Open Society. Help celebrates 100 years of the Harlem Renaissance at our Harlem History Facebook page.

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