Langston Hughes, the Chicago Defender, and Ghosts

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I just stumbled across this article, which combines three wonderful items: Langston Hughes, the Chicago Defender, and ghosts. Hughes was a poet and writer who was blacklisted in the 1950s and the subject of much government and anti-communist organization concern because of his powerful voice and the respect he commanded. The Chicago Defender was one of the most important African American newspapers. Founded in 1905, its coverage of police violence, civil rights, entertainment, everyday life, and so much more is an important corrective to news that appeared in the New York Times and other mainstream venues. As for ghosts, you'll just have to read this article yourself to get a sense of the Old Ghost persona Hughes created in the pages of the Defender.

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