An Open House - Black Heritage Reference Center at Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center
In 1969 the Langston Hughes Library was the first public institution named for Langston Hughes, who died in 1967. The library was founded by the Library Action Committee of East Elmhurst and Corona, an ad-hoc committee of the local Community Corporation, one of New York City's anti-poverty programs. With help from the Black Panthers, they had the responsibility of identifying needed services in response to initiatives derived from the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. The Open House will feature materials donated and acquired over the years relating to the library's history and Langston Hughes' work. The Black Heritage Reference Center contains a valuable research collection related to Black Culture and the African Diaspora. Items from the collection will be highlighted.