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LSUA to Celebrate Hughes Centennial

Released: 06/05/2002

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Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) will be hosting a series of events in the coming months as part of a Centennial Celebration honoring Langston Hughes, Harlem Renaissance poet and writer. Hughes is known for his poem "Harlem," a line of which Lorraine Hansberry used as the title for her award winning play, "A Raisin in the Sun." </p><p> A Poetry Circle will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex. The goal of a Poetry Circle is to bring poetry into the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds, into familiar settings and challenging contexts. This event is free and open to the public and will include light refreshments. </p><p>

The program will feature Reed Dorty, spoken word artist, of Alexandria. The life and works of Hughes will be presented by Dessie Williams, assistant professor and coordinator of multicultural affairs, and Lillian Wooley, assistant professor of English, both of whom are faculty members at LSUA. There will be an unveiling of the official </p><p> United States Postal Service stamp celebrating Hughes&acute; life. Community members and LSUA faculty, staff and students will take part in the poetry reading. </p><p> Additional poetry circles will be presented in coming months. For more information, contact Dessie Williams at 473-6473. </p>