Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin Missouri. He lived with his parents, James Hughes and Carrie Langston, but they separated soon after he was born. His father moved to Mexico, and his mother moved around the world. So, he was raised by his grandmother, Mary.
Death and Legacy
This was an important time of his life because he learned a lot but also met Booker T. Then his grandmother died when he was twelve. So, he lived with his mother. They moved around to many cities before deciding they want to live in Cleveland, Ohio. During this time he began to write poems.
He went to the local public schools in Kansas. He had to sit in the back of the class, with the other black students. he finished elementary in Lincoln. He was elected "class poet." He moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Central High School. He wanted to attend college, but his mother couldn't afford it.
Langston died of cancer on May 22, 1967. His home is a landmark now. Even though he is not here people still remember his work. His work still inspires new generations.
Later he became part of the Harlem Renaissance. Which was the African American artistic movement in the 1920s, and it was located in Harlem, New York. They celebrated black life and culture. He was one of the most important writer/thinker.
He then took lessons from a teacher. The teacher first introduced him to Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman's poetry. Later he would cite as primary influences. Then he wrote a poem called "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," which got published in The Crisis magazine. He still contributed to his schools.