Langston Hughes’ Poetry Brought to Life in Little Egg Harbor

Feb 07, 2018
Photo by: supplied Actor Keith Henley performs as the poet Langston Hughes at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library.

February is Black History Month, a perfect time to learn about one of America’s greatest poets, Langston Hughes. Actor Keith Henley will portray the poet on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Rd.

Hughes was a Harlem Renaissance poet whose moving poems illuminated the American racial bias in the 1920s. “Hold fast to dreams” and “I too, sing America” are two of his most famous poems. He was also a playwright and a social activist. Henley will have a question and answer period after his performance.

Keith Henley’s background is one of great diversity. He graduated from South Carolina State College with a major in chemistry and minor in mathematics and biology. Later, he went on to study theater education at Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J. He currently owns and operates J.O.Y. Productions, Queenie’s Homemade Sweets and Catering, and Alpha Designs. In addition, he is the artistic director and choreographer for Folkloric Heritage Culture Arts Co. Inc. of Cherry Hill.

Henley began his historic interpretation career with Historic Philadelphia Inc. and has since worked for American Historical Theatre and History First Hand, and has performed for the Smithsonian Associates Teaching American History program, Historic Germantown and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia as well as local libraries. —P.J.

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