Langston Hughes a celebrated American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist. In 1923, Hughes traveled abroad on a freighter to the Senegal, Nigeria, the Cameroons, Belgium Congo, Angola, and Guinea in Africa, and later to Italy and France, Russia and Spain. One of his favorite pastimes whether abroad or in Washington, D.C. or Harlem, New York was sitting in the clubs listening to blues, jazz and writing poetry. The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including “The negro speaks of Rivers,” “The Weary Blues,” and many more. Enjoy!