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The poet of Harlem

Issue No. 1814

LANGSTON HUGHES was one of the greatest and most popular black US writers of the 20th century. He was one of the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. This was a movement that celebrated black culture and was associated with very left wing politics.

Hughes went to Spain to fight against General Franco's fascists in 1937, and wrote poems condemned the lynching of black people in the south of the US. This year marks the centenary of Hughes's birth, and to mark the event Radio 3 is broadcasting a programme about his life, his art, his travels, his gay sexuality and his influence on music from jazz to hip-hop.

The Darker Brother, Sunday 25 August, 5.45pm, Radio 3.

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Sat 24 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1814
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