Nashua resident Rawn Spearman (1920-2009) was a long-standing student of Harlem renaissance poet Langston Hughes. The actor and baritone singer, spent time at MacDowell Colony working on a documentary about Hughes. And in 2001 was awarded the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award by Gov. Shaheen.
In 1997, he organized a performance of Ask Your Mama, 12 Moods for Jazz, Hughes epic poem, designed to be performed with music. Spearman's performance at the Capital Center for the Arts sold out.