This 10th day of National Black History Month, I praise Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, Edgar Lee Masters, and my former students. All inspired me to create the poems that I incorporated into my three-act play, Ain’t It a Shame, published by Taylor & Seale Publishing.
During this pandemic, many of us have experienced the loneliness and Blues of Langston Hughes and my students. At times, we have suffered in silence or described our blues and misery on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or our social media platform of choice.
I suggest you read some of Langston Hughes’s poetry available online. Teachers and directors looking for a play to produce, consider Ain’t It a Shame. It adapts well to being produced virtually.
Please remember when you feel blue and lonely, you are not alone, life will get better, and others need you.