One of the most influential artists of the Harlem Renaissance, jazz poet Langston Hughes wrote "Night Funeral in Harlem" in 1951. The poem describes the funeral of a poor Black boy in Harlem, New York. Although the boy died in poverty, his community comes together to cover the expenses of his funeral. Yet the speaker insists that it's not the silk-lined coffin or fancy hearse that makes the ceremony special; instead, the speaker says, the grief of all those who loved the boy is what makes the funeral so "grand." The poem thus suggests that love and community are their own kind of prosperity—one that's more significant and lasting than material wealth.