Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin Missouri. His parents got separated soon after his birth. He lived with his grandmother for a few years until she died in his early teens. Starting from then he lived with his mother.
Langston and his mother moved to different cities and eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio. One of his teachers introduced poetry to him and since then, he continued writing poetry. Soon Hughes graduated from high school and spent a year with his father in Mexico.
Death and Legacy
Hughes kept writing poetry. He was a regular contributor to his schools. He eventually graduated from high school in 1920. After a year living with his dad, he was enrolled at Columbia University but dropped out after a year. A few years later, he got a scholarship to Lincoln University.
Langston worked a few jobs. He was a busboy in Washington D.C. hotel restaurant. Then he met a American Poet, Vachel Linsay. She was impressed by Langston's poetry and tried to promote his poetry. People heard about his poetry and eventually he won awards for his poetry. He published books and kept going on in his poetry.
Langston died on May 22, 1967 from prostate cancer. His funeral contained jazz and blues music. It also had spoken eulogy. He was buried beneath the entrance of Arthur Schomburg Center.
Langston was famous for his poetry. He won many awards. He is still remembered today and inspired many people.