Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes
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  • Early Life
  • Growing Success
  • Poetry
  • Career
  • James Mercer Langston was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin Missouri. His parents left soon after his birth, his father moved to Mexico. While Hughes mother moved around during his youth. 
  • A Continuing Career
  • From that point, he went to live with his mom, and they moved to several cities before eventually setting in Cleveland, Ohio. It was during the time Hughes first began to write poetry and that one of his teachers first introduced to the poetry of Cari Sandburg.
  • A Life Of Letters
  • Jessie B. Semple
  • Hughes graduated from high school in 1920 and spent the following year in Mexico with his father. Around the time, Hughes poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was published in the crisis magazine and was highly praised.
  • Death and Legacy
  • Langston Hughes R.I.P
  • Hughes returned to the United States and enrolled at Columbia University where he studied briefly, and during which the time he quickly became apart of Harlem's burgeoning cultural movement< Hughes dropped out of Columbia University and worked at odd jobs in New York City.
  • In 1940, Hughes auto biography up to age 28, The Big Sea was published. Also around this time Hughes began contributing a column to The Chicago Defender, for which he created a comic character named Jessie B Semple, Better known as Semple.
  • Langston Hughes died on May 22 , 1967 in New York. Langston Hughes ashes were interred beneath the entrance of the author Schomburg center for research in Black Culture in Harlem
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