Acclaimed Chautauqua historical interpreter Charles Everett Pace will portray American humorist and poet Langston Hughes as part of East Central University’s 17th Annual Literary Arts Festival on Nov. 8.
Pace will be appearing in “On the Road with Langston Hughes” from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Ataloa Theatre inside the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center on the ECU campus.
Hughes was the first African American writer to make his living exclusively from his writing. He demonstrated how humor can be marshaled as an effective tool of education, entertainment and social critique.
Pace, a performance scholar-artist, is one of the nation’s leading solo historical performers. His body of work explores how African American leaders have helped to advance democracy in America.
Through performance, Pace has portrayed Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), Booker T. Washington (1858-1915), W.E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963), Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and Malcolm X (1925-1965). Pace illustrates some of the successful strategies that African American leaders have used to overcome the obstacles of race, caste, class and gender in American society.
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