Poets throughout Pittsburgh flocked to the Langston Hughes Poetry Society last month at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre. The program included poetry, songs and dance celebrating the prolific contributions by the great American poet, activist and playwright Langston Hughes  James Mercer Langston Hughes was born Feb. 1, 1902  and died May 22, 1967.

He was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

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