A special edition of First Fridays, the popular monthly social gathering, where we celebrated Langston Hughes’s 118th birthday at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY.
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The Langston Hughes Lobby, where Hughes’s ashes are interred, transformed into a Harlem speakeasy, with Harlem style reflective of the ones Hughes and his friends such as Zora Neale Hurston, Canada Lee, Hilda Simms, and others frequented during the Harlem Renaissance.
The evening included a pop-up exhibition featuring photos from the “Harlem on My Mind” exhibition, a reading of letters between Langston Hughes and friends from the Schomburg archive, a performance by members of Tap Family Reunion, and much more as you can see.
Photo credit: via the Schomburg