This engaging discussion will pay tribute to the dynamic women of 409 and 555 Edgecombe, some of whom history has been relegated to the background, eclipsed by the famous men they married. These influential personages include Shirley Graham Du Bois, Dr. Mamie Phipps Clarke, Louise Thompson-Patterson, and Eslanda Goode Robeson (featured above in a portrait available in our collections). Rosemari Mealy, J.D., Ph.D. will be in conversation with Tina Campt, Ph.D., MaryLouise Patterson, M.D., and Karen D. Taylor, M.F.A.
A pop-up exhibition will also be featured.
The discussion will be followed by a book signing of Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond, an indispensable volume of letters between Hughes and four confidants —one of whom was Louise Thompson-Patterson, mother of MaryLouise Patterson. Letters from Langston collects the stories of Hughes and his friends in an era of uncertainty and reveals their visions of an idealized world—one without hunger, war, racism, and class oppression.
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