Langston Hughes was born on January 1st, 1902 in Joplin Missouri. Lanston was born during segregation times, his father had to move to Mexico to find better opportunities. Soon after when Langston was very young his mother and father divorced, due to this he lived with his maternal mother. During these times his grandmother used to inspire him by telling stories about her husband and his heroic characteristics. He did not have the great luxury of others.
Sadly, when he was twelve his grandmother died, therefore he had to live with his mother and stepfather. In elementary school teachers elected him as class poet they were doting of his poetry. In highschool, he was the "yearbook editor." His mother was not able to afford for college until 1921 when he attended Universtiy of Columbia. At that time he had a very vast imagination and wrote poems.
His collection of famous poetry
Langston was the first person in his family to attend College in 1921. He started to do engineering but he did not enjoy it. Instead in 1923 Hughes became a crewman on a boat for Africa, he was the cook. When they arrived at Africa he traveled through Africa and Europe as cleaner man to pay his expenses. In addition Langston would write poems of his experiences and explorations and send them to America for publishing
Death and legacy
Langton had earned many awards as he got older and older. He had written lots of poems, one famous one was"Simply Heaven" In addition, he had joined the Harlem Renaissance where he gathered with major poets and famous musicians. Langton was very important in the Harlem Renaissance, his pieces of work expressed the African American culture. Lastly, there were many great opurtunites in Harlem for blacks.
Langston was influenced by jazz music hi writing sought to capture the lives of the African Americans is poem got stronger as he moved on further. Hughes was also known for poems, writing plays and short stories, the uniqueness about his writings were it held an important moral or message in it. Also when Langston was in his 20s he became an abolitionist and fought for black rights and civil rights.
Langston died on May 22, 1967, because of cancer. His ashes were put in the entrance of the Aurther Schomburg Center. He was one of the finest poets of the 20th century. His house is now a landmark and East 127th is his place. His poetry continues to inspire future generations