Set in Harlem in 1953, on the eve of appearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on un-American Activities, Langston Hughes can’t sleep. So he begins to write a poem. Exposed, guilt-ridden and fearful of the coming day, he confesses how he intends to answer Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s accusations on being a Communist. As he tells the story of what he’s written and why, interrupted by flashes of inspiration, the poem begins to grow as a thing with a life of its own. Together, Hughes and his poem reveal a portrait of an artist faced with his fears and regrets before the greatest ordeal of his life.
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