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For Immediate Release
Clarence V. Reynolds
Maeshay k. Lewis
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Celebrates the Lives of Langston Hughes and Malcolm X During Black History Month, 2015
Brooklyn, N.Y.– The lives and the works of Langston Hughes and Malcolm X will be highlighted in two engaging literary programs hosted by The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College (MEC) during its 2015 Black History Month Celebration. On Thursday, February 19, 2015, “Langston Hughes, Personal and in the World: A Reflection on His Life and Works” will be presented in partnership with the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and in the Caribbean (IRADAC) and will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at The CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10016). On Thursday, February 26, 2015, “Reflections on Malcolm X” will be held on the campus of Medgar Evers College (Founders Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both programs are free and open to the public.
In February 2015, Alfred A. Knopf, publisher of Hughes’ first book, will release Selected Letters of Langston Hughes and also reissue The Weary Blues, which it first published in 1926. Hughes was a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance and he is a literary hero to many writers. This program will present an evening of conversation and readings that celebrate the life and voice of Langston Hughes and the impact of his work on contemporary literature and writers.
The conversation will be moderated by Robert Reid-Pharr, distinguished professor of English and American Studies and director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The program will feature a dramatic reading of Hughes’ work by David Mills, who has performed a one-person dramatic rendition of Hughes’ poems and short stories, and Gordon Thompson, director of the Langston Hughes Festival at City College of New York, and other guests. A reception and book-signing follow the program.
The recent publication of “The Diary of Malcolm X: El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964” edited by Herb Boyd and Ilyasah Al-Shabazz presents Malcolm X’s impressions and personal observations during his travels to Africa and pilgrimage to Mecca. In this program, author, educator and journalist Herb Boyd will be in conversation with Gloria Browne-Marshall, author and associate professor of Constitutional Law at John College of Criminal Justice and will discuss the book, Malcolm X, his papers, and his legacy on the impact of politics and social justice in our society today. Attendees are certain to gain even more insight into the life of a critical icon of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. This program is presented in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College.
“Both Langston Hughes and Malcolm X are legendary figures who are representative of the spectrum of Black intellect,” said Dr. Brenda M. Greene, executive director at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. “Their contributions were fueled by their sociopolitical ideas and their commitment to the advancement of Black culture, its significance, and the lives of Black people in America.”
About the Participants
Herb Boyd is an award-winning author and coeditor with Ilyasah Shabazz of the Diary of Malcolm X and editor of By Any Means Necessary, Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented. He is the author of the forthcoming Black Detroit: A People’s History and Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin. He is a contributing writer to a number of publications, including the New York Amsterdam News and The Network Journal; he as adjunct professor in the Black Studies Program at City College of New York.
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is an associate professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College. She was a visiting lecturer at Vassar College in the Africana Studies program. Prior to academia, Browne-Marshall was a civil rights attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and then the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is the author of The U.S. Constitution: An African American Context as well as Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present.
David Mills, Poetry Foundation Actor and writer who has performed a one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories journeys through the Harlem Renaissance.
Gordon Thompson, Professor of English, American and African American Studies, and director of the Langston Hughes Festival at CCNY, and author of Black Music, Black Poetry Blues and Jazz’s Impact on African American Versification.