• Autographed Broadside Of Langston Hughes Lecture And Reading At Lincoln University

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    JAMES MERCER LANGSTON HUGHES (February 1, 1901 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. Hughes was known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that “the Negro was in vogue,” which was later paraphrased as “when Harlem was in vogue.  He became a writer at an early age and moved to New York City as a young man where he made his career. He graduated from high school in Cleveland, Ohio, and soon began studies at Columbia University in New York City. Although he dropped out, he gained notice from New York publishers, first in The Crisis magazine, and then from book publishers. He eventually graduated from Lincoln University. From 1942 to 1962, as the civil rights movement was gaining traction, Hughes wrote an in-depth weekly column in a leading black newspaper, The Chicago Defender.

    Small broadside 5 x 7 1/2 for a lecture by Hughes at Lincoln University in Oxford, PA, advertising lecture readings by Hughes and noting that “Mr. Hughes will meet the public in Bennett Lounge Following the program.”

    The broadside has some crinkling but has flattened out nicely. Two very small closed tears at the bottom and along the right margin. Archival tape has been applied to the tears on the verso. The broadside is signed boldly by Hughes at the bottom.  Fine association between Hughes and Lincoln University.

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