A discussion spotlighting Joplin native Langston Hughes will be the focus of Park University's 19th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24.

The free lecture will take place in Jenkin and Barbara David Theater inside Alumni Hall on the Park University campus, 8700 NW River Park Drive in Parkville. Registration is required for this free event at park.edu/2020spencercave.

The lecture, "Langston Hughes — The Crisis Magazine and the Harlem Renaissance," will be presented by Shawn Alexander, professor of African and African American studies and director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas.

Alexander's discussion will focus on Hughes' influence in the 1920s. According to Alexander, Hughes had a longstanding relationship with the NAACP.

Before teaching at KU, Alexander taught at Yale University as well as Gettysburg College, University of Massachusetts — Amherst and Amherst College. He has a doctorate and master's degree both in Afro-American history and holds a Master of Arts degree in African American World Studies.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.​

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