Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! series is Langston Hughes! I first fell in love with his poetry when I was in the eighth grade and read the prolific words “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?… Or does it explode?” I was hooked from then on. Mr. Hughes was a writer during the famed Harlem Renaissance era and worked with some of my other faves like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston. His first novel was “Not Without Laughter” which touched on the injustice of blacks in America due to racism and socioeconomic disadvantages. Most of his works kept to this theme marking him as a very influential social activist.