Langston Hughes at The Third BBC RADIO 3 Presented by David Hendy. In 1964 - a presidential election year in the United States - the Third Programme broadcast an epic series about African-American life called 'The Negro in America'. In a coup for the BBC, it was co-produced by the great poet of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes. His series brought to the airwaves a range of sounds and voices of the Civil Rights struggle, of jazz music and black literature: sounds and voices that had rarely been heard in Britain. 'The Negro in America' is also the tale of an unlikely relationship.
It was a privilege to work with someone of David Hendy's calibre. I felt we did justice to the work created by Langston and Bridson all those years ago.