Poet Langston Hughes portrayed by actor in First Wednesday event

BRATTLEBORO — In a dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes' poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills will celebrate the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer and poet at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

His performance, An Evening with Langston Hughes, is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series.

Mills has worked professionally in the dramatic and literary communities for more than a decade. For three years, he lived as writer-in-residence in Langston Hughes' landmark home, and has performed his one-person show of Hughes' work at numerous colleges and for the mayor of Washington D.C.

Tony-award winning director George Faison incorporated Mr. Mills' Hughes piece into the 2004 musical Harlem Hot and Sassy. Mills also performs a one-person show of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities, and open to the public. For more information, visit

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