Langston Hughes was born on February 1st, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents were James Hughes and Carrie Langston. His full name is James Mercer Langston Hughes.
Langston Hughes's parents separated shortly after his birth. He was raised by his grandma in Kansas. There, one of his teachers introduced him to the writings of Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman.
Hughe's Poetry In the U.S.
In 1921, Langston entered Columbia University. There he started submitting poetry to newspapers. However, the rejected him.
Death and Legacy
From 1922-1924, Langston got various, odd jobs. At one point, he became a seaman, and he traveled to Africa and Europe. He lived for a brief time in Paris, where he continued to develop his poetry.
After living briefly in Paris, Langston returned to the U.S. After publishing The Weary Blues, he got a scholarship into Lincoln University. While studying, he wrote several more world-famous poems: The Ways of the White Folks; The Negro Speaks of Rivers
On May 22, 1964, Langston Hughes died an unfortunate death to prostate cancer. His work is still being published around the world. He will always be remembered.