"When Langston [Hughes] was in town, we'd have cast gatherings where Langston read some of his poetry and a jazz pianist would play some accompaniment. It was astounding. He was a lovely, accessible man. When he wrote his first poem, which was about a girl that caught his eye in school, [Karamu co-founder] Mrs. Rowena Jelliffe said that he rushed into Karamu to read it to her. She was the first person who actually heard it. He was grateful that Karamu, which he had emotional attachments to, was doing his plays."