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Anthology of Negro Poets in the U.S.A. - 200 Years
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(Folkways Records, 1955), 45 mins

Anthology of Negro Poets in the U.S.A. is the aural complement to “The Poetry of the Negro, 1746-1949,” edited by Langston Hughes along with Arna Bontemps - who reads the selections heard on this album. This collection characterizes the rich history of poetry in the African American community, including slav...

(Folkways Records, 1955), 45 mins
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Feelings of Love not Yet Expressed: An Album of Poetry by the Neo Black Women in Poetry
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written by Amirh Bahati, Jo-Anne McKnight and China Clark (Folkways Records, 1976), 40 mins

Founded by China Clark, Jo-Anne McKnight, and Amirh Bahati, the Neo Black Women in Poetry is a collaborative poetry group “formed to expose the diversity among Black Women but more importantly, to bring about the unity of souls – Black/White, Man/Woman. “ In this collection of twenty poems it is often uncl...

written by Amirh Bahati, Jo-Anne McKnight and China Clark (Folkways Records, 1976), 40 mins
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written by Homer, 750 BC- (Folkways Records, 1961), 56 mins
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The Inferno (Dante Alighieri): The Immortal Drama of a Journey through Hell
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written by Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 (Folkways Records, 1954), 1 hour 2 mins
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Langston Hughes' Jericho-Jim Crow
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written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967; produced by Frances Drucker, 1901-1970 (Folkways Records, 1964), 1 hour 13 mins

Jericho-Jim Crow by Langston Hughes is a musical production that focuses on themes from the civil rights movement and features music significant to the same period. Performers include former cast members of the original Broadway production of Porgy and Bess as well as gospel singers who made a living touring a...

written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967; produced by Frances Drucker, 1901-1970 (Folkways Records, 1964), 1 hour 13 mins
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Langston Hughes' The Best of Simple
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written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (Folkways Records, 1961), 40 mins

Melvin Stewart ‘s acting career took off when he was cast in Langston Hughes’ play, Simply Heavenly. The show started as an Off-Broadway production, moved to Broadway, then toured in Europe before returning to New York City. The pieces Stewart reads on this album, The Best of Simple, are taken from Hughes’...

written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (Folkways Records, 1961), 40 mins
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Margaret Walker Reads Margaret Walker and Langston Hughes
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written by Margaret Walker and Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (Folkways Records, 1975), 53 mins

Margaret Walker was one of the most respected poets not only in the African American community but in America at large. Reading selections from her most acclaimed collection of poetry “For My People,” Walker’s poetry expresses a collective historical identity in poems such as “Big John Henry” and “St...

written by Margaret Walker and Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (Folkways Records, 1975), 53 mins
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New Jazz Poets
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produced by Walter Lowenfels (Folkways Records, 1967), 49 mins

A unique subgenre, the history of jazz poetry runs parallel to the musical movement, in which jazz and its artists serve as a muse for the authors. This collection of New Jazz Poets represents the evolution of this art form after several decades of its practice and includes celebrated poets Ishmael Reed, Peter...

produced by Walter Lowenfels (Folkways Records, 1967), 49 mins
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produced by Scotti D'Arcy, 1923-1990 (Folkways Records, 1965), 2 hours 8 mins
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