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.
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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