JAMES DE JONGH, professor of English at the City College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), is deputy dean and director of the Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities and Arts at City College, as well as director of the CUNY Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC). He is the author of Vicious Modernism: Black Harlem and the Literary Imagination. He is also a novelist and a playwright; his play Do Lord Remember Me was given a successful twentiethanniversary revival at Hunter College in 1997 and was featured at the National Black Theatre Festival.
DOLAN HUBBARD, professor and chair of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, is president of the Langston Hughes Society. A former editor of The Langston Hughes Review, he is author of The Sermon and the African American Literary Imagination; editor of Recovered Writers/Recovered Texts: Race, Class, and Gender in Black Women's Literature and “Critical Essays on W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk”; general coeditor of The Complete Works of Langston Hughes; and co-editor of The Library of Black America Collection of Black Sermons.