The UCF Africana Studies Program and History Department are proud to support and showcase the exhibit Griff Davis and Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs 1947 – 1967: A Global Friendship, from January 17 – April 19, 2020 at The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts “FMoPA” in Tampa, Florida.
This exhibition, produced by Dorothy Davis of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives and curated by FMoPA, brings to the public a selection from the archives of 62 never-before-seen photographs and material reflecting the decades-long friendship between the photographer, journalist and Senior Foreign Service Officer Griffith J. Davis and the renowned poet Langston Hughes. Griff Davis and Langston Hughes’ friendship lasted from the moment Davis stepped into Hughes classroom as a student at Atlanta University until Hughes died in 1967. The extraordinary photographs are complemented by an exchange of letters reflecting decades of personal correspondence- including Davis’ job as the first roving reporter at Ebony Magazine and his 35-year career as a pioneer U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Liberia. For his friend Langston Hughes, Davis provided a window into the emerging independence movement in Africa and helped identify African literary talent.
Location:The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts [ View Website ]