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The CCNY Archives and Collections Library is the repository for material related to the festival. The Langston Hughes Festival explores the literary legacy of the poet laureate of Harlem, James Langston Hughes (1901-1967).
Hughes rose to become a major American poet and central figure of the Harlem Renaissance. He lived in and traveled to many places, including Africa, Mexico, France and Asia. Upon the publication of his first volume of poetry, The Weary Blues (1926), he inaugurated a tradition of poetry inflected with the Afrocentric rhythms and tonalities of blues and jazz, and remained dedicated to the depiction of urban African American folk life. Hughes also wrote plays, a novel, two autobiographies and newspaper columns.