Langston Hughes, dated to 1919 or 1920
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" is a poem by American writer Langston Hughes.
Composition and publication history 
Twenty years after its publication, Hughes suggested the poem be turned into a Hollywood film but the project never went forward.:305
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In his early writing, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", Hughes was inspired by American poet Carl Sandburg. Like many of Hughes's other writings, the poem depicts an African-American who recognizes and reaffirms his connection to Africa and uses that African heritage as a source of pride.:169
See also 
- ^ Berry, Faith (1992), Langston Hughes: Before and Beyond Harlem, New York: Citadel Press, ISBN 0-8065-1307-1.
- ^ Tracy, Steven Carl (2001), Langston Hughes and the Blues, University of Illinois Press, p. 142, ISBN 0-252-06985-4.
- ^ Ikonné, Chidi (1981), From DuBois to Van Vechten: The Early New Negro Literature, 1903–1926, Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, ISBN 0-313-22496-X.
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