Charles Chesnutt, Langston Hughes, and Color Line Blues: The Lives, Times, and Works of Two Ohio Writers (In-Person)

Regennia N. Williams
Distinguished Scholar of African American History and Culture, Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society
Landmark Centre Building
Tuesdays, October 11–November 15
1:30–3:30 p.m. ET

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932) and Langston Hughes (1901-1967) are two of the most celebrated African American writers in the history of American literature and both called Cleveland their home. The 2021-2022 Cleveland Arts Prize “Past Masters” series, commemorating its 60th anniversary, announced that both were among the 60 honorees and the title for this summer’s 2022 Front International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art – “Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows” - also takes its inspiration from the words of Langston Hughes. This lecture series will focus on materials that were written by and about Hughes and the lesser known Chesnutt, and the vast influence of their literary art in both the racialized America of their lifetimes and in the 21st century.

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