I am currently reading “The Life of Langston Hughes, Volume 1: 1902-1941” by Arnold Rampersad so, especially as I work on the Vintage Black Glamour book, Langston Hughes is often on my mind. In this photo by Nickolas Muray taken in 1923, Mr. Hughes was about 21 years old.
Dorothy Dandridge with actor Philip Hepburn in the 1953 film, “Bright Road.” The script was based on the story, “See How They Run” by black author Mary Elizabeth Vroman after it was published in the June 1951 issue of Ladies Home Journal. Harry Belafonte was the star of the film.
Prince and Nikki Giovanni were born on Gwendolyn Brooks birthday. The original caption from this May 2, 1950 photo: A 32-year-old housewife and part time secretary has won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Annie Allen,” a ballad of Chicago Negro life. The first woman to capture one of the famed awards, she is the mother of a 9-year-old boy and the wife of Henry Blakely, partner in an auto repair shop.