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    Langston Hughes - The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers written by Langston Hughes (1902-1967) in 1920 just after his graduation from high school. On a trip to Mexico City, the train Hughes was riding crossed the Mississippi at St. Louis as the sun was setting.

The author himself states he remembered his grandmother speaking of slaves being sold down the river and how the river was so closely linked to the history of the black people in America. Originally scribed on the back of a letter from his father, it is a wonderful example of one of the most eminent and perhaps most significant black American writers of the twentieth century.

Music composed by Kjell Bjurling

Langston Hughes
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