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Festival Committee

Langston Hughes Festival

Festival Committee

The Langston Hughes Committee is committed to bringing great writers of the African American experience to The City College to encourage creative activity within the Harlem community.  In honor of Hughes' adopted home, the Langston Hughes Festival dedicates itself to the community of Harlem, and to highlighting past, present, and future literary and cultural achievements of its denizens.

The Langston Hughes Festival Committee wishes to pursue the vision of Langston Hughes in bringing literature that reflects the voice of the people to the people.  Ultimately, we hope to continue to enrich the vibrant Harlem community with writing inspired by the early promise of the Harlem Renaissance.

Advisory Committee


At The City College of New York:
Retha Powers, Director
Charles Frye: Coordinator of the Choral Speaking Festival
Renata Miller, Chair of English
Cheryl Sterling, Director, Back Studies Program
Jodi-Ann Francis, Assistant Director, Black Studies Program
Jo-Ann Hamilton, Assistant Professor, English (Past Director)
Emily Raboteau, Associate Professor, English  
Norval Soleyn, College Now  
David Unger, Publishing Certificate Program 

At Other Institutions:
Grace Aneiza Ali, Adjunct Professor, CWE
Carlyle Van Thompson, Professor, MEC (2014)
Justin Williams, Assistant Professor, CWE (2014)

Dean Eric Weitz, ex officio

Professor Gordon E. Thompson, Director emeritus

Raymond Patterson ~ Jerome Brooks ~ Nathaniel Norment

We Remember: Raymond R. Patterson (1929-2001), Emeritus Professor of English at The City College of New York.

A prolific and widely anthologized poet, Raymond is also the author of 26 Ways of Looking at a Black Man and Other Poems (1969), Elemental Blues (1983), and two opera librettos, David Walker and Goree. Prof. Patterson dedicated the greater part of his twenty-five years at CCNY to sustaining the Langston Hughes Festival, funded for many years out of his own pocket. He will be remembered by hundreds of students, scores of poets, and other colleagues. As long as the Langston Hughes Festival lives, Raymond will always be remembered and beloved at CCNY.