Happy Birthday To Langston Hughes

“We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, it doesn’t matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too. If colored people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, their displeasure doesn’t matter either. We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.”
Langston Hughes, The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain

and something for the writers and artists among us to keep in mind during troubled times…
“For my best poems were all written when I felt the worst. When I was happy, I didn’t write anything.”

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