Margaret Walker Alexander Reads Langston Hughes, P.L. Dunbar, J.W. Johnson

Margaret Walker FW09796 / FL 9796

In 1932, Margaret Walker, acclaimed poet, had the unique opportunity to hear both Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson recite their poetry. In this collection, Walker shares with listeners four of the “Seven Negro Sermons in Verse” that she herself heard Johnson read in New Orleans. Walker exceptionally executes the dialect of P.L. Dunbar’s poetry which speaks to life on the plantations as well as sings one of Hughes’ poems, “The Cat and the Saxophone.” (For more on Walker’s poetry see FW09795 and FW09796)

Year Released 1975
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1975 Folkways Records

Genre(s) African American Spoken; Poetry
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Instructional; Poetry; Spoken word

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101 The Party Margaret Walker 10:41
102 When Melindy Sings Margaret Walker 3:53
103 An Antebellum Sermon Margaret Walker 4:29
104 A Coquette Conquered Margaret Walker 1:38
105 In the Morning Margaret Walker 2:33
106 When Dey Listed Colored Soldiers Margaret Walker 4:14
201 Listen Lord (A Prayer) Margaret Walker 3:15
202 The Prodigal Son Margaret Walker 7:38
203 Go Down Death Margaret Walker 5:49
204 Judgement Day Margaret Walker 6:31
205 Negro Dancers Margaret Walker 0:58
206 The Cat and the Saxophone Margaret Walker 0:57
207 Cross Margaret Walker 0:53
208 Mother to Son Margaret Walker 1:10
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