Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin Missouri. His parents separated during his youth so he went to live with his grandmother for a few years.
His grandmother died during his early teens and so Langston went to live with his mom in many places but they eventually settle in in Cleveland, Ohio. While he was in Ohio, he got into poetry and wrote "The Negro Speaks Of River" and graduated in 1920.
In the 1920 to the 1930's, he continued to write poetry of an everyday black man life/lives. He traveled to America to give lecture tours. Some famous poetry he made is "The Ways Of The White Folks" and "Weary Blues"
He graduated from Lincoln in the 1920's and wrote Not Without Laughter, which was his first novel and it was very success ful so he knew he could make a living from writing.
In the 1940's and 50's, he created a character named Jesse B. Semple, better known as Simple to disscuss racial issues. Later he taught creative writing in a University in Chicago.
Langston Hughed died in May 22, 1967. His funeral was filled with jazz and blues. His poems are still famous today.