Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2020

Union County Celebrates Black History Month With A Langston Hughes Song Revival, February 3rd at Hamilton Stage

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with a free performance of A Langston Hughes Song Revival, an exploration of music in the life and times of the poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes on Monday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway.

“Langston Hughes is an important voice in the cultural and social history of the Union County community, having lived in Westfield in the 1930’s,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board is proud to contribute to the celebration of Black History Month with this free event, which provides a unique musical perspective on the creative influences of one of our nation’s leading literary lights.”

A Langston Hughes Song Revival illustrates how music influenced and inspired the work of Langston Hughes.

The production will be hosted by creator of the program and WQXR Evening Radio Host Terrence McKnight. Mr. McKnight is an Artistic Advisor for the Harlem Chamber Players and serves on the board of the Bagby Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. He is frequently sought out by major cultural organizations for his insights into the cultivation of diverse perspectives and voices in the arts.

Mr. McKnight regularly curates concerts and talks at Merkin Concert Hall, the Billie Holiday Theatre, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Museum of Modern Art. This is his third time returning to Union County to provide high quality programs for Black History Month celebrations.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Union County HEART Grant program. 

Admission to “A Langston Hughes Song Revival” is free of charge, but advance registration is required.

To register online visit ucnj.org/black-history-month. Contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550 for more information about the program.

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