sets of parents, louise thompson and william pat patterson, and evelyn grace and matt crawford. when he learned of my arrival, he wrote me a card from paris. it said: to nettie lou from langston. p.s., glad you're here. and on a visit to california the following year, he saw me take my first steps. >> when i came along a few years later, he sent me this handwritten first draft of this poem. mama, i found this soldier's cap lying in the snow. it has a red star on it. whose is it? do you know? he also enclosed a letter. dear mary louise, this is for your first collection of original manuscripts. by the time you are old enough to read, i hope this world will be over. and by the time this -- this war will be over. and i hope that you will be here a long time to enjoy all of its blessings. so be a nice baby and take your toddler -- [inaudible] and grow up strong. with love from langston. the story of the friendships between langston hughes, the craw fords and the pattersons began with my mother, louise thompson, who would later become louise thompson patterson. louise was the first among our
, evelyn and matt crawford, their uniqueness perhaps was that they were african-american communists. and they were very close friends of langston for most of their lives and for the first half of the 20th century. i would like to show you the 17 minute video so that you will get a sense of who they were. the letters, the correspondence is in a book that we co-edited entitled letter to melanchthon from the harlem renaissance to the red scare and beyond. i also want to say the voice you want to hear is the voice of paul robeson. there are pictures without labels on them. if you want to know who the people are you can ask me afterwards. [inaudible conversations] ♪ i will see you fast to sleep ♪ as i see ♪ my baby ♪ my baby ♪ like a little bird ♪ >> we knew langston hughes from the beginnings of our lives. he wrote to each of us to welcome us into the world. he did this because of his closed ties, louise thompson and william paterson and matt crawford. he wrote me a card from paris, from langston, glad you are here. and in california the following year, when i came along a f
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