Writer’s Quote: Langston Hughes

Writer’s Quote: Langston Hughes


February 1st marks the beginning of a month, we the singles like to overlook because of a certain event happening on the 14th. But, it is also the day poet and social activist Langston Hughes was born. If you are looking for a poem with sass, rhyme, humor and meaning all bound together, then Langston’s poem is the go to. He is one of those authors whose poems I could binge on. Langston Hughes wrote about slavery and racism at a time when it was prevalent in the society and speaking up against them was risky, yet he dared. Just like the quote above, he used his gift of writing to urge the world towards change.

On May 22, 1967, Hughes died in New York City from complications after abdominal surgery related to prostrate cancer, at the age of 65 (acc to Wikipedia). Below, is another piece of his.

“The night is beautiful,
So the faces of my people.

The stars are beautiful,
So the eyes of my people

Beautiful, also, is the sun.
Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people.”

             -“My People” in The Crisis (October 1923)

The above post is in response to writer’s quote Wednesday hosted by Silver Threading

39 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote: Langston Hughes

  1. Re your comment about Feb 14 – there is no reason to overlook it. There is no reason to even recognize it. You just have to put it in the same category as chocolates at Easter; Excesses in everything at Christmas; Partying on Dec 31. You just have to acknowledge that despite all the benefits of a free-enterprise commercial system, that same free enterprise system is profit driven and will therefore aggressively promote “necessities” at any time of year that they can justify. It is simply business!

    This Feb 14, just feel sad for those couples that feel they need to wait until that day before acknowledging their love for each other. The couples to be envied are those who regularly express their feelings and are not driven by a highly commercialized event. 🙂

    Just some thoughts!

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    1. You worded it well Colin! It is so true! Yes my hubby and I enjoy Valentine’s Day, but not because we wait til that day to express our love! Honestly a lot of times we have dinner with our girls. We have always got them cards, for we love them too!! In the past we have had it be Mystery Dinner night which turns out fun.

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    2. I think your confusion is because you thought I wrote the post 🙂 Ameena wrote this post and I was just reading the comments before I left mine 🙂 I liked your comment and thought I would reply! 🙂 Sorry to confuse you, LOL!

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    3. Thank you very much Colin, you have no idea how happy this made me feel, reading it. When everyone’s all raving about their “Valentine plans” or the question of “what are your plans?” Come up, it’s easy to get carried away and forget I am where I need to be right now.
      Hahaha, sorry for the confusion Colin and this is Ameena replying now 😄

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    1. Thank you very much Joy! I read your reply to Colin above and that’s a wonderful idea to spend the day with your daughters. Last year, I got a surprise gift from my sisters on Val’s day. It was something small but also what I really wanted, made me happy. Thanks for the ❤️❤️.

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  2. I LOVE Langston Hughes! He is one of my favorite poets! Everything he says sounds musical to me. Lovely quote and thanks for sharing one of my favorites! ❤

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  3. I really enjoyed this post Ameena. He was always one one tge writers on my list of writers to read more of some day. Now I am going digging for more of his work. I think “some day” has come. Thanks.

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