Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents soon separated after his birth. He had now lived with his grandma at this time. He went to school in Lawernce, Kansas. But, soon his grandma passed away, and he moved in with his mom to Cleveland,Ohio.
The Weary Blues
In Cleveland, Hughes attended Central High School, where he was on the track team, and he wrote poems for the school magazine. After graduating, he went to Mexico for a year to see his father.
In 1921, he enrolled at Columbia University in New York City. He worked at various jobs, including being a seaman and traveling to Africa and Europe.
In 1925, he had shown some of his poems to Vachel Lindsay, who commented favorably on his work. In 1926, he made his first book of poetry, called "The Weary Blues." This made him known among literary people. He went to Lincoln University in Oxford, PA., on a scholarship and received his B.A. degree there in 1929. Then on he got many awards and wrote poems.
On May 22,1967, Langston Hughes died from complications of prostate cancer. At his funeral, they read his poems and sang his songs. Hughes' ashes were put beneath the entrance of the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York.
You were a great friend
We loved you
Hughes Harlem home, on East 127th Street, received New York City landmark status in 1981 and was added to the National Register of places in 1982. All of his work is continued to be published and translated throughout the world.