Hughes' Career Spanned From The Harlem Renaissance Of The 1920s Through The "New Black Renaissance" Of The 1960s. His First Volume Of Poetry, "The Weary Blues," Was Published In 1926 And His First Book Of Short Stories, "The Ways Of White Folks," In 1934. Hughes' Novels, Poetry, Plays And Short Stories Were Central To The Transition Of Black Writing From "The Plantation Tradition" To Contemporary, Urbane Forms, Which Promoted Racial Pride.
Langston Hughes Died May 22, 1967, In New York City, While Working On A New Collection Of Poetry That Was Later Published As "The Panther And The Lash."
The Following Poem Can be Interpreted As An Inversion Of The Golden Rule And As A Creed For Survival. It's Also One Of My Personal Favorites:
By Langston Hughes
I play it cool
And dig all jive
That's the reason
I stay alive
As I live and learn
Dig And Be Dug
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr.