Aug. 2, 2018
Day Five: Fundraising Drive: “The National Blackman’s Read Aloud Hour Podcast”
The tragedy and travesty of black illiteracy is that it closes the door to so many of our black youths to the brilliance of accessing our remarkable and magnificent black ancestors. Black writers like Ellison, Wright, Hurston, Cullen, Toomer, Johnson, Baldwin are not going to be read by the person snared in the trap of illiteracy. Today, I read a short essay written by Langston Hughes, My Early Days in Harlem. The essay captures the sense of excitement of the early Harlem Renaissance of young Langston Hughes, as he prepares to enter Columbia College. Langston describes the greatness of our black Harlem ancestors. He also writes about the powerlessness of this black community that still being controlled by the downtown white New Yorkers.