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American Langston Hughes (1902-67) was a poet, novelist and playwright. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" became his signature poem. The Ways of White Folks was his first short story collection.His first novel, Not Without Laughter received a Harmon Gold Medal.Hughes had a weak relationship with his father who was willing to provide financial assistance for his son to attend Columbia but did not support his desire to be a writer. Hughes agreed to study engineering but left due to racial…

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American Langston Hughes (1902-67) was a poet, novelist and playwright. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" became his signature poem. The Ways of White Folks was his first short story collection.His first novel, Not Without Laughter received a Harmon Gold Medal.Hughes had a weak relationship with his father who was willing to provide financial assistance for his son to attend Columbia but did not support his desire to be a writer. Hughes agreed to study engineering but left due to racial…

"Before she knows it, she is setting up her life as if it were an exhibit labeled neatly for those who can read: THE SISTER WHO SURVIVED".(pg 5)

"Before she knows it, she is setting up her life as if it were an exhibit labeled neatly for those who can read: THE SISTER WHO SURVIVED".(pg 5)

Sam Greenlee poet , writer ,activist best known for "The Spook That Sat Next To The Door "

Sam Greenlee poet , writer ,activist best known for "The Spook That Sat Next To The Door "

The Young Lords were first a Puerto Rican turf gang in the 1960s in the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park. When they realized that urban renewal was evicting their families and saw police abuses, some like other Puerto Ricans became involved in the June 1966 Division Street Riots in Wicker Park and Humboldt Park. A couple of years later they were reorganized into a human rights movement officially, on September 23, 1968 by Jose Cha Cha Jimenez and spread to other cities nation-wide.

The Young Lords were first a Puerto Rican turf gang in the 1960s in the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park. When they realized that urban renewal was evicting their families and saw police abuses, some like other Puerto Ricans became involved in the June 1966 Division Street Riots in Wicker Park and Humboldt Park. A couple of years later they were reorganized into a human rights movement officially, on September 23, 1968 by Jose Cha Cha Jimenez and spread to other cities nation-wide.

Paul Beatty (born 1962 in Los Angeles) is a contemporary African-American author. Beatty received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and an MA in psychology from Boston University. He is a 1980 graduate of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California.  In 1990, Paul Beatty was crowned the first ever Grand Poetry Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Paul Beatty (born 1962 in Los Angeles) is a contemporary African-American author. Beatty received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and an MA in psychology from Boston University. He is a 1980 graduate of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. In 1990, Paul Beatty was crowned the first ever Grand Poetry Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

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