North American Black Historical Museum holds Emancipation Day celebration
Attendees take a closer look at the Artists of Colour exhibit during the North American Black Historical Museum’s Emancipation Day celebration on August 1 at the Giovanni Caboto Club. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea
North American Black Historical Museum president Monty Logan speaks at the museum’s Emancipation Day celebration at the Giovanni Caboto Club on August 1. Logan encouraged attendees to use their smart phones to post the hashtag #august1FREEDOM across social media platforms. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea
A Musical Tribute to Pioneer Greats 2011 They were trendsetters and masters in music. A people, enslaved, were forced to seek creative ways to maintain their equilibrium. Their creativity manifested itself in a plethora of media; visual representation in painting, fabric pattern-weaving and architecture, instrumental and vocal music.
Lauded as the "Poet Laureate of Harlem" in the 1920s, Langston Hughes was one of the first African Americans to earn a living solely as a writer. Hughes was known mainly for his poetry. But he also wrote plays, novels, a wealth of nonfiction pieces, and even an opera.
In his explorations of race, social justice, and African-American culture and art, Hughes' writing vividly captures the political, social, and artistic climates of Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s.