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Lawrence Arts Center (Lawrence, KS 66044-3042)
Randal Maurice Jelks (Project Director: August 2015 to March 2018)
I, Too, Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled

Development of a two-part, 100-minute documentary about Langston Hughes’s life and art.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) achieved renown for being the first African American to make a living solely from his writing. Consequently, Hughes’s aesthetic and personal reputations have undergone intensive scholarly scrutiny, resulting in a number of interpretations of his public and private selves—including a few that have been featured in documentary films. Many of these representations have fostered the mistaken impression that Hughes was primarily a Harlem Renaissance-era poet. The Dream Documentary Collective, formed to create a two-part documentary film about Hughes’s life and art, dispels this overly simplistic view of Hughes’s voluminous career. In collaboration with the Lawrence Arts Center, we propose to explore the multiple ways in which Hughes constructed his identity, participated in the international arts scene, and engaged the American Dream in a documentary film entitled, I, Too, Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; American Literature

Media Projects Development

Public Programs

$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 7/31/2017