African Americans on Postage Stamps

Langston Hughes

34-cent stamp featuring a photo of Langston Hughes
The Langston Hughes stamp was issued February 1, 2002.

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."
—Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright who became one of the foremost interpreters of racial relations in the United States from the 1920s through the 1960s. Hughes had one of the leading voices in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. His poems embraced radical politics, poverty, prejudice, violence, and a host of other socio-economic issues that chronicle the African-American experience. Hughes wrote children’s stories, non-fiction, and numerous works for the stage. Hughes published more than 35 books, and his influence is seen in the writings of authors from his generation to the present.

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