Langston Hughes/ Hailey Rotker

Langston Hughes/ Hailey Rotker
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  • Early Life
  • Young Adult Life
  • Life's Work
  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers
  • Fine Clothes to the Jew
  • Tambourines to Glory
  • As a child Langston Hughes lived with his grandma. She inspired him by telling him his family stories and how they were heroes. When Langston got older his grandma got sick because the medicine wasn't good back then. He then lived with his aunt and uncle until his grandma died and then he lived with his mom.
  • Death
  • He went to Central High School then after he graduated went to live with his dad. He started growing a love of poetry. he went to Columbia University briefly and then started a movement. He wrote many poems at this time.
  • Legacy
  • Langston wrote many of poems including "Fine clothes to the Jew" and "The Negro Speaks of Rivers". He also wrote a play and songs to a Broadway musical.  Hughes also wrote and autobiography of his life up to 28. 
  • Family's Life
  • Langston Hughes died  on May 22, 1967 because of prostate cancer.  His funeral did have a lot of spoken eulogy and was filled with Jazz and Blues music.
  • Langston's ashes were brought beneath the ashes of the Arthur Schomburg Center. Volumes of his work continue to be published every day. Still to this day Langston Hughes is known for all of the great work he did as a poet, novelist, and a playrighter. 
  • Langston Hughes never had kids but his family has great things like his grandpa got killed trying to free slaves and his uncles were Buffalo soldiers. One of Langston's uncles was the first african american to hold office and Langston's grandma helped with the underground rail road!
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