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Wed, Apr 19

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Zoom Meeting ID 850 6962 0157

Simple Stories Simple Truths Reading and Discussion Forum

Meet Jesse B. Semple, whose friends affectionately call, Simple. Simple, created by Langston Hughes, represents the “ordinary Black Man” who is “complex in thought, actions and attitude.” Hughes uses “simple language” to convey “simple truths” of social injustices which existed and still exist.

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Simple Stories Simple Truths Reading and Discussion Forum
Simple Stories Simple Truths Reading and Discussion Forum

Time & Location

Apr 19, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Zoom Meeting ID 850 6962 0157

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During this Reading and Discussion Forum, Participants will read selected works of Langston Hughes, “a compilation of short stories (dialogues) about (with) a fictional character Hughes created named, Jesse B. Semple, whose friends affectionately call, Simple.” Simple represents the “ordinary Black Man” who is “complex in thought, actions and attitude.” Hughes uses “simple language” to convey “simple truths” about social injustices which existed in the country during the 50’s and 60’s. Through the “readings and discussions,” the participants examine the injustices that still exist today.  

The texts that will be read are stories and selected readings from the books of Langston Hughes:  The Best of Simple and Series Introduction ─ March 22, 2023 The Best of Simple ─April 5, 2023 The Return of Simple ─ April 19, 2023 Simple’s Uncle Sam ─ May 3, 2023 The Langston Hughes Reader ─ May 17, 2023 The Ways of White Folk ─ May 31, 2023

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