let’s save the legacy of langston hughes before it’s too late


“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was one of the biggest influences in my life as a writer and poet. I remember reading his work when I was a teenager in awe of his words that felt so relatable to me, which is amazing considering his work was published during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1950s and 60s. Therefore, it is truly heartbreaking to think that gentrification could possibly uproot such an important landmark in New York City – his East Harlem home at 20 E. 127th Street. Fortunately, other writers feel the same way as I and with a sense of urgency, have started an Indiegogo Campaign to raise $150,000 to rent the space and restore it into a cultural center honoring Langston and his amazing legacy. Currently, they are only at 36% of their goal so let’s do our part to push that number to 100%! Go to their Indigogo campaign right now to show your support of this mission. Do it for the arts. Do it for the youth. Do it for the dreams that must live on.

I Too Arts Launch Video from Renée Watson on Vimeo.

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