Be Emotionally Moved Through the Power of Artistic Activism at Disrupting Racism Through the Lens of Langston Hughes

February 3, 2022


Northridge – The University Student Union (USU) invites all CSUN students to experience the vivid works of Langston Hughes at Disrupting Racism Through the Lens of Langston Hughes. On Thursday, Feb. 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., hop onto Zoom to be empowered by the Langston Hughes Project’s powerful presentation and jazz concert performance of Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz. Witness the dynamics of Hughes’s jazz poetry come to life!

“Art, from music to poetry, is one of the many ways to advocate for social change and combat racism,” said Ayan Jama, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator of USU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “These performances allow students, staff and faculty to reflect how Hughes’s poems and his portrayal of issues relevant to the black community still holds value today, thus moving them to continue advocating towards an inclusive future.”

 Langston Hughes was a prominent American poet whose work transcends the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. During this inspiring program, through the power of music, students, staff and faculty will be moved by Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz, an epic poem by Hughes that provides social commentary on racism experienced by members of the African diaspora across the globe. CSUN students also have the opportunity to perform their own poems during the event. Those interested can fill out the online application. To register for the general event, head on over to the RSVP page and then join in on an evening filled with rhythmic jazz and activism.

Celebrate Hughes’ prominent works with these colorful performances performed by the Langston Hughes Project and CSUN students at Disrupting Racism Through the Lens of Langston Hughes! Students may also request interpretation for this event by filling out the NCOD request form five days prior to the event. For more information, please visit