Be happy for who you are, Langston. Don't let anyone tell you that you don't matter.
Can i play with them?
Can we read that poem?
It's not ready yet.
How about you come and race with us? You're the fastest kid in class!
What's the point? They won't let me compete in any track meets with you guys.
But what about college and becoming a poet?
But I have friends here and my poem is being published at school!
Langston, we're moving to Chicago.
Fine, stay until your 16. Then you move with me.
I had dreams too, but they don't put food on your table.
Mom wants me to go to Chicago, but I wanna go to New York City. The creative black people are going to Harlem.
Living in a mostly white neighborhood, young Langston Hughes was made fun of by white kids. His grandma didn't let him play with them anymore after they mistreated him. When his grandma dies in 1915, he is taken in by friends.
So where are you going after graduation?
Langston was miserable in seventh grade, not even being able to watch his favorite movie or ride a ferris wheel. Langston denies his friend's request to race with him since blacks can't compete.
But i wanna be a poet!
You'll learn engineering in Germany, then you'll work for me.
A few months later, Langston moved to Ohio with his mom, happy to have family. one day she decides to move to Chicago and tells Langston, but he refuses. She says she's okay with it but he has to come with her when he's 16. He reminds her of her dream of becoming a poet, but she responds saying tht dreams wont help you when you're black.
Give us a quote will ya?
You're famous mr. Hughes!
At 16 years old, Langston is barely getting on his own. He walks with his friend, talking about what to do after graduation. His friend looks at Langston and invites him to his house to eat dinner since he barely eats anything. When Langston reaches his apartment, he thinks about Harlem, if he will ever make it there.
Speaking of food, come to my house to eat. You look pretty skinny.
I'll turn my poems into food.
So what will you do?
Langston gets a visit from his father, which he hasn't seen in a long time. He is excited to see him but things weren't as expected when he arrives. He tells him to study engineering and work for him, but Langston declines his father's request. His dad says he can go to any college he wants and he chooses Columiba University in Harlem.
I wanna go to Columbia University, in Harlem.
Fine, I'll send you anywhere, if you study engineering.
Langston went to Columbia University in Harlem but quickly learned he didn't belong there. He travelled the world to find a place he belonged to. A few months later, he moves to Washington D.C with his mom getting a job at a hotel. He sneaks one of his poems under a famous poet's plate to see if he would read it. The next day a mob of journalists swarmed him talking about his famous poem in the newspaper.. After this he went back to Harlem to become a great famous poet.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get it from all around me, from the low down folks I've known all my life, those who find the strength to go on even when the world is against them.