Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Langston's parents were seperated soon after his birth. He was raised by his maternal grandmother.
Continuing his poetry life
Langston's teachers introduced poetry to him and he loved it.Langston was always seated in the back. When he was twelve years old his grandmother died. Langston's fellow classmates elected him the class poet.
In November 1924, Hughes returned to the United States and worked various jobs. In 1925, he worked as a busboy in Washington D . C hotel restaurant and he met American poet Vachel Lindsay.
Death and Legacy
R.I.P Langston Hughes
In 1940, Hughe's autobiography up to 28, The Big Sea, was published. In the late 1940's, Hughe's contributed the lyrics for a Broadway musical tilted Street Scene, which featured music by Kurt Weill.
One of Hughe's most famous poems are called "Harlem" and is published in 1942. It is also known as the the famous first line. In the poem Hughe's talked about his hopes for African Americans.
On May 22, 1967, Langston Hughes died from complications prostate cancer. Hughes ashes were interred beneath the entrance of the Arthur Schomburg center for Research in Black culture Harlem. Hughes home recived New York Landmark status in 1981 and was added to the National Register of places in 1982.