In 1949, Langston Hughes wrote,
Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Through compromise and fear.
Langston’s Lawrence, a new short documentary directed by University of Kansas Film and Media Studies Professor Madison Davis Lacy, explores how Hughes’ lifelong rejection of compromise and fear grew partly out of his experiences as a young boy in Kansas.
Born in Joplin, Missouri, in 1902, Hughes lived in Lawrence until his mid-teens.