Langston Hughes was a poet, novelist and playwright. He was one of the most significant figures in what became known as the Harlem Renaissance, an African-American cultural movement in the 1920s. Below is one of his poems, Island, and a recording of Hughes reading the work.
Wave of sorrow, Do not drown me now:
I see the island Still ahead somehow.
I see the island And its sands are fair:
Wave of sorrow, Take me there.