Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Japlin, Missouri. His parents separated when he was very young. This is why he was lonely most of his child years.
His First Poems
He lived with his Grandma most of his life. His Grandma would tell him wonderful stories of his family that would inspire him to do the same. His Grandma even took him to see Booker. T Washington one time!!!
Traveling The World
After Langston's Grandmother passed away, Langston went to school and was quickly getting good at poetry and other writing skills. He also got elected as the class poet.
Hughes went on to making many poems, and plays during and after his school years. His poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was published in The Crisis Magazine. Also, in 1925 he wrote the poem, "The Weary Blues" which one first prize.
Langston decided to see the world! He went to places all around the globe like Africa and Europe. When there, he became inspired to make new poems and plays based on what he saw and what was going on in the world.
On May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes died due to cancer. His home is now a landmark on 127th Street in New York. Many People visit this special place to see where the inspiring poet lived.