By Langston Hughes
In I ask yourself as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly remembers the main dramatic and intimate moments of his existence within the turbulent 1930s.
His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet critical Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), via dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to lifestyles the recognized and the standard, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. it's the regularly fun, clever revelation of an American author travelling round the frequently unusual and consistently fascinating global he loves.
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In Berkeley, Hughes spoke at the University of California. Inevitably Hughes resumed his international wandering, this time as part of a group of twenty-two African Americans, including actors Wayland Rudd and Sylvia Garner, invited to make a ﬁlm in the Soviet Union. Russia was a desirable location for certain African Americans because of the party’s support of black causes such as Scottsboro. Theatrical ﬁgures such as Ira Aldridge, who ﬁrst played Othello in 1833 in England and toured Russia in 1858, dancer Ida Forsyne, who performed the cakewalk in Moscow in the early 1900s, and Abbie Mitchell and Georgette Harvey, who had been popular in St.
Lights were lighted in the patio, more chairs brought, and I was given a seat of honor near the orchestra. Most of the dancing pairs sat down, or disappeared inside the house. But the music seemed to take a new lease on life. Now various couples, one or two at a time, essayed the rumba in the center of the court as the rest of the party gathered to watch. I could not make out whether it was a dance contest or not, and my hosts were slightly tipsy by then so not very coherent in their explanations.
So that winter had left me ill in my soul. I could not put my mind on writing for months. But write I had to—or starve—so I went to sit in the sun and gather my wits. In Search of Sun 41 In Cleveland that winter it had been cold and damp, and it looked as though spring had no intention of coming. I knew it would be warm in Haiti. When Zell and I reached North Carolina, we were already out of the snow belt. And, speeding down the Florida coast, we met the sun, friendly and warm. We stopped at Daytona Beach to visit Bethune-Cookman College of which that most distinguished of Negro women, Mary McLeod Bethune, was president.