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11 More Authors You MUST Read Before College

By Becky Ferreira Mar 8, 2013

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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was the guiding star of the Harlem Renaissance, and it only takes one look at his poetry to see why. He had the uncanny power to express deep pain over seeing such naked hatred against the African-American community alongside a profound pride in his heritage and a sense of optimistic agency over his future. Put shortly: his work will melt your heart right there in your chest. Want proof? Check out this teaser: "Hold fast to dreams/ For if dreams die/ Life is a broken-winged bird/ That cannot fly."

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Becky Ferreira

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