Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. Soon after his birth his parents Carrie M. Langston and James N. Hughes separated. His father went to Mexico to become a lawyer and his mother moved around the country because of her acting career. Langston Hughes grew up mainly in Lawrence, Kansas, but also lived in Illinois, Ohio, and Mexico.
College and Graduation
I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother.
After his parents separated Langston Hughes was raised mostly by his mother, his grandmother, and a childless couple the Reeds. Life was poor being raised by his grandmother. Langston Hughes never had all the proper necessities but always got to hear stories about black heroes from his grandmother
The Career begins
Titles of Langstons Hughes poems:
He attended public schools in Kansas and Illinois and upon graduating elementary school, Hughes was named class poet, although he had never even written a poem. In middle school when he was 13 his grandmother died. Hughes graduated from high school in Cleveland,Ohio in 1920.
Death and Legacy
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The Weary Blues
Columbia University He attended Columbia University, but left after one year to travel.Hughes had resumed his education in 1925 and graduated from Lincoln University in 1929.
Hughes himself began writing poetry and developing his unique style. He began submitting his work to magazines, but all were rejected. Hughes published his first poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" in 1921.
Note on Commercial Theatre
Langston Hughes died on May 22, 1967, in New York City, New York. By the time he died he had published 8 poems and published 8 books. He is best known for his poetry, using jazz and Black folk rhythms in his work, ignoring classical forms in favor of the oral and improvisational traditions of Black culture.