Posts Tagged ‘Langston Hughes’

Be Patient And Stick To It

April 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Be Patient And Stick To It!  – Daily Word April 11, 2014



Ask Your Mama Update: Just Added Special Appearances By Meshell Ndegeocello and Roger Guenveur Smith

March 15, 2013 Leave a comment

The Apollo Theater and

the Manhattan School of Music


“Ask Your Mama”

The Poetry of Langston Hughes

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Just Added

Special Appearances By

Roger Guenveur Smith and

Meshell Ndegeocello

Cast Including Jessye Norman and Nnenna Freelon to Perform with

Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia Conducted by George Manahan


Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8pm


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Student Told To Read Langston Hughes Poem “Blacker”

March 19, 2012 2 comments

By Denene Millner

Post image for Student Told To Read Langston Hughes Poem “Blacker”A Virginia high school English teacher is under fire for repeatedly singling out her sole African American student—most recently demanding that the 9th grader read a poem by acclaimed African American poet Langston Hughes in a “blacker” style in front of his class.

Jordan Shumate, a student at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va., says he was reading Hughes’ “The Ballad of the Landlord,” a 1940 protest poem about a tenant thrown in jail for challenging his landlord, when his teacher, Marilyn Bart, interrupted him. “She told me, ‘Blacker, Jordan—c’mon, blacker. I thought you were black,’” Shumate told the Washington Post.

When the 14-year-old student refused to continue reading the poem, Bart showed him how it’s done. “She sounded like a maid in the 1960s,” said Shumate, whose story was corroborated by a fellow student. “She read the poem like a slave, basically.” Read more…

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