I want to be like the black heros of my past. Those who tried to stop segregation.
Seein' Booker T. Washington
Poems with Feelings
Let's try for a title, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
Langston was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents were named James Hughes and Carrie Langston. They divorced soon after Langston's birth and Langston's father moved to Mexico. Langston's Grandma took charge of taking care of Langston after his parents separated.
The Golden City
Let's celebrate our culture!
Life in Harlem is full of surprises. Langston lived in the glory of black culture.
Langston's Grandma often talked of the brave heros in the family. The people who stood up for blacks. How segregation was wrong. She herself had been the first black to attend Oberlin Collage. To learn more about his heritage, Grandma took Langston to see Booker T. Washington speak. After that speech Langston wondered if he could be brave like his family.
Good Bye, Beautiful Soul
Langston often wrote poems. He worked hard on them, and they displayed his true feelings. One of his first poems, The Negro Speaks Of Rivers, shows rivers that have history, by which Blacks have suffered and thrived. Where Lincoln decided slavery MUST end. The poem shows Langston's hope segregation will disappear. His hope for equality.
Langston's poems ROCK!!!
Harlem is a part of New York. Only it is mostly inhabited by Blacks. When Langston visited there, he was amazed by the rich Black culture and music. Langston moved to Harlem and supported the Harlem Renaissance, a group of blacks who celebrated their culture, music, and literature.
Langston died on May 22, 1967 because of cancer in New York. His home is now a landmark. The street he lived on is now Langston Hughes Place. Langston's funeral was full of jazz and blues music. On his gravestone, it reads," My soul has grown deep like the rivers", which is a part of his poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers.
~Taps- Jazz Style
Langston may be one of the best poets in the 20th century. He helped contribute to the development of Harlem. His poetry gave many hope. He helped make whites think again about the unfairness in life. All his achievements will continue to inspire people many years into the future.