National Public Radio Celebrates Lincoln University Alumnus Langston Hughes’29

Langston-Hughes-(LU-Photo)LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA — Airing the day after his birthday, National Public Radio (NPR) produced a tributary segment on Talk of the Nation to honor the life and achievements of renowned poet and Lincoln University alumnus James Mercer Langston Hughes ’29.

The nearly forty-minute piece, which Lincoln University Media Manager Ashley Sims assisted in producing, included an array of interviews and call-ins from Hughes scholars.  One of the three guest speakers for the segment was Lincoln University’s former Dean of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library, Emery Wimbish, Jr., who began his tenure at Lincoln under the presidency of Horace Mann Bond.

Wimbish recalled his personal encounters with Hughes, starting with his experience as a student in Atlanta and ending with Hughes’ special lecture in the University’s historical Mary Dod Brown Memorial Library.

Wimbish also expressed great pride in being named the temporary guardian of Hughes special collection of books, which he donated to Lincoln University.  Lincoln University has recently renovated its Langston Hughes Memorial Library, which houses Hughes’ special collection.  The collection is accessible to the public.

Hughes was one of two distinguished Lincoln University alumni to be honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a collectible postage stamp in its popular Black Heritage commemorative stamps series.  The stamp went into circulation on his birthday, February 1, 2002.

Talk of the Nation offers listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, authors, academicians, and artists from around the world.  To hear the full interview celebrating Langston Hughes click here:


Lincoln University – founded in 1854 as the nation’s first Historically Black University – combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.  The University enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Internationally recognized for preparing learners and producing world-class leaders in their fields, Lincoln has created five academic Centers of Excellence-programs of distinction. They are:  Business and Entrepreneurial Studies, Lincoln/Barnes Visual Arts, Mass Communications, Grand Research Educational Awareness, Training (GREAT) for Minority Health, Teacher Education and Urban Pedagogy.

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