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The Langston Hughes Youth Event has been a motivating program for our youth in Rhode Island. Through Langston Hughes' words, the youth programming has allowed young readers to identify and share their artistic talents, particularly those in the urban core cities of Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls.

We are excited to announce that we are developing a robust youth event for September 2022 on "Identity." but we need $10,000 to make this inspirational program that our youth deserve happen. Will you help and support this event? We need your donations. No amount is too small, and your donations are tax-deductible.

Excerpt from "Life is Fine" by Langston Hughes

Life is fine!      Fine as wine!      Life is fine!

Why Langston Hughes?

The Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading (LHCPR) shares the works of Langston Hughes, specifically, because of the poet's proven ability to scrutinize, illuminate and engage critical thought around prevailing structures and realities. With work centering creative survival, development, self actualization, individuality and political mobilization, Hughes work becomes a natural conduit for engaged conversation and deep consideration. The sophistication of the poetry produced by Hughes is of a quality and breath that it easily engages both new- and ‘old’ comers. Similarly, the works create communal conjurings of improved futures and thought patterns that lend themselves to the learning, opening, and widening of minds. The LHCPR utilizes this work to create community, facilitate pedagogies empowering free will, independent thinking, and empathy.

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Girl reads Langston Hughes
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The band performing at Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading
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The crowd at Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading event
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Community Reflections

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"Even though we tend to express ourselves primarily through physical movement, for us, Langston's legacy is a movement in itself. His poetry is in lineage with our ancestral tradition of expression, truth telling, deep feeling and dismantling. The Haus of Glitter would not exist without Langston Hughes."

the Glitter Goddess Collective

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Past and Upcoming Events

  • The Langston Hughes "Identity" Youth Event 2023
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    This yet-to-be-titled project has been targeted to explore the issue of “Identity”, and how it is perceived and accepted particularly by young people.
  • The 27th Annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading 2022
    Sun, Apr 24
    Providence Public Library (PPL)
    Apr 24, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
    Providence Public Library (PPL), 150 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903, USA
    Library Doors open at 12:45 PM Our hopes for this event will include in-person Readers, live musicians and the all-important condition of “community gathering”. As always, we look forward to the inclusion of intergenerational readers, performance artists, folks from the community, and a strong presence of youth readers.
  • Happy Birthday Langton Hughes: Looking Back to Move Forward
    Feb 06, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST
    Virtual
    April and Kai tell you the news...
  • The 26th Annual Langston Hughes (Virtual) Poetry Reading 2021
    Feb 07, 2021, 1:00 PM EST
    Virtual
  • The Langston Hughes Youth Event 2020
    Fri, Feb 28
    Goff Middle School
    Feb 28, 2020, 6:00 PM EST
    Goff Middle School, 974 Newport Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02861, USA
  • The 25th Annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading 2020
    Sun, Feb 02
    Providence Career & Technical Academy
    Feb 02, 2020, 1:00 PM EST
    Providence Career & Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903, USA
  • The 24th Annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading 2019
    Sun, Feb 03
    Providence Career & Technical Academy
    Feb 03, 2019, 1:00 PM EST
    Providence Career & Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903, USA
  • The Langston Hughes Youth Event 2019
    Fri, Feb 01
    Southside Cultural Center of RI (SCCRI)
    Feb 01, 2019, 5:30 PM EST
    Southside Cultural Center of RI (SCCRI), 393 Broad St, Providence, RI 02907, USA
  • The 23rd Annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading 2018
    Sun, Feb 04
    Providence Public Library
    Feb 04, 2018, 1:30 PM EST
    Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903, USA
  • The Langston Hughes Youth Event 2018
    Fri, Feb 02
    Southside Cultural Center of RI (SCCRI)
    Feb 02, 2018, 5:30 PM EST
    Southside Cultural Center of RI (SCCRI), 393 Broad St, Providence, RI 02907, USA
  • The 22nd Annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading 2017
    Feb 05, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
    RISD Museum, 20 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903, USA

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