Happy birthday to American poet, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes — a major voice in the Harlem Renaissance artistic movement during the 1920s. Along with his contemporaries, Hughes established the literary art form known as jazz poetry, in which artists designed their poems to read with an improvised, jazz-like rhythm. Some of Hughes’ most well-known works like “Harlem (Dream Deferred)” and “I, Too, Sing America” are foundational examples of the jazz poetry genre. A prolific writer, Hughes published 20 plays, 16 volumes of poetry, three short story collections, two autobiographies and countless scripts for radio, television and film.
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” —