“Lawrence has a wonderful hill in it, with a university on top and the first time I ran away from home, I ran up the hill and looked across the world: Kansas wheat fields and the Kaw River, and I wanted to go some place, too.  I got a whipping for it.” 
                                            -- Langston Hughes  (from unpublished notes for his autobiography, The Big Sea, 1940)
“There is today no lack within the Negro people of Beauty, strength and power – world  shaking power.  If I were a young writer, I would try to put some of these qualities on paper and on stage.”  -- Langston Hughes (“The Task of the Negro Writer and Artist,” 1965)
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“That Justice is a blind goddess
Is a thing to which we black are wise.
Her bandage hides two festering sores
That once perhaps were eyes”  -- Langston Hughes (“Justice,” 1923)