“Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.) “

excerpt from “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes

Today, on this 1st day of Black History Month, we honor and celebrate the birthday of our namesake, Langston Hughes (2/1/1902 – 5/22/1967.)   Langston Hughes worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel (DC) in the 1920s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet. 


The great American writer wrote more than 60 books, including poems, novels, short stories, plays, children’s poetry, autobiographies, musicals, and operas. Order your copies of Langston Hughes’ works: https://linktr.ee/busboysandpoets

EVENTS


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Monday, February 1, 2021 @ 8 PM – 10 PM

Join us for a birthday tribute & open mic on Instagram Live, hosted by the 1st Black Poet Laureate of Alexandria, KaNikki Jakarta. 

Join us for a birthday tribute & open mic on Instagram Live, hosted by the 1st Black Poet Laureate of Alexandria, KaNikki Jakarta.

Bring your favorite Langston Hughes poem to share during the open mic!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 @ 4 PM – 9 PM

Meet us on the rink for an in-person celebration “Poetry on Ice” featuring poetry, music, a pop-up bookstore, food, drinks and ice skating at the site of our forthcoming location in Columbia, MD.

Another treat? Skating admission is just $7!


DRINKS

WearyBlues Drink

Birthday CHEERS to Langston Hughes with our specialty cocktail, The Weary Blues.

  • Bourbon blend
  • lemon juice
  • honey syrup
  • muddled blueberries

available in single, double, and 33 oz servings order.busboysandpoets.com


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For Langston Hughes on His 123 Birthday

Speech given on February 1, 2024 in Havana, Cuba In 1927 Langston Hughes walked into a Cuba amid an emerging community of artists, intellectuals, and radicals.  He saw a “sunrise in a new land [– a day – in his words]sic – full of brownskin surprises, and hitherto unknown contacts in a world of color.”  … Continued

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Split This Rock Poem of the Week: Joseph LMS Green

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Busboys and Poets Book Review: Anger is a Gift

Mark Oshiro’s contemporary YA fiction is an incredibly moving story about community, about love, and about taking a stand against prejudice and violence, even when it seems completely hopeless, and it is especially difficult to read. Especially for someone like me, caught up in my own privilege and ignorant of the struggles faced by people … Continued

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1-2-3 ¡vamos! Busboys and Poets Trip To Havana 2024

Celebrating the 123rd Birthday of Langston Hughes REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS TRIP Join us for the Havana Jazz Festival and the unveiling of the Langston Hughes statue, sculpted by renowned Cuban artist Alberto Lescay and revealed by the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Alice Walker. The program will be filled with cultural encounters, meetings, colloquiums, … Continued