Air Date: March 19th, 2017 – Dr. Brenda Greene Interviews MaryLouise Patterson on "Writers on Writing"

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

“Writers on Writing” Radio Show

With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

WNYE 91.5 FM

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About the Program
Dr. Brenda M. Greene interviews MaryLouise Patterson, coeditor of Letters from Langston, From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond. The book gives readers a very unique perspective on Langston Hughes. MaryLouise and Evelyn Louise are the daughters of William Patterson, Louise Thompson Patterson, Evelyn Graves Crawford, and Matt Crawford who were friends, colleagues, and confidants of Langston. They grew up knowing Langston and referred to him as their uncle. Their book compiles the letters between their parents beginning in 1930. It is well-documented and provides also a history of the U.S. and the response to the McCarthy era, and WWII, and the Harlem Renaissance.

About the Author

MaryLouise Patterson, a pediatrician in clinical practice, and Evelyn Louise Crawford, a retired arts administrator and consultant, are the daughters of Langston Hughes’ cherished friends Evelyn Graves Crawford, Matt N. Crawford, Louise Thompson Patterson, and William L. Patterson. Hughes was a frequent guest in the homes of the two families and was like an uncle to Evelyn Louise and MaryLouise. MaryLouise Patterson is on the clinical staff at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York City. Born in the Midwest, she grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her medical degree at Patrice Lumumba Friendship University in Moscow, USSR, and a Masters, Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Besides practicing medicine, she has been active in promoting the practice of medicine in underserved and minority schools, and has participated and continues to participate in numerous Civil Rights, Social Justice and Peace movements. She is a mother and grandmother. In her limited spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to jazz, cooking for friends, dancing, and traveling. Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond is her first literary endeavor. It is a collaboration with her coeditor and childhood friend Evelyn Louise Crawford.