You have a family full of heroes. Did you know that your uncle was the first black American to hold office?
Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902. His parents seperated when he was very young. His dad moved to Mexico and his mother was out finding a job as a actress. His mother sent him to live with his maternal grandma in Kansas.
Becoming A Writer
Langston Hughes was greatly influenced by his grandma because she often told him stories about many of his relatives that were black heroes. These stories encouraged him to do big things. His grandma also took him to see Booker T. Washington. He was a black man that was an educator. He gave a speech that also influenced Langston greatly. His grandma died when he was twelve and by then his mother had remarried.
Langston Hughes was named class poet by his class in elementary school. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio and had high school there. He attended two universities, his first university was Columbia University. There he studied engineering but he didn't like his classes and left after one year to see the world. He returned to school after 4 years in 1926. He continued the rest of college in Lincoln University and after he graduated, he became a poet and novelist.
Death and Legacy
Langston published his first poetry collection, "The Weary Blues" in 1926 at the time Langston Hughes wasn't even finished with college. After, he continued writing many books and eventually wrote his own autobiography up to age 28 called "The Big Sea". Langston Hughes was not only a poet and novelist, he also wrote lyrics for a brodway musical and he wrote a column in the newspaper, "Chicago Defender". This column was a comic with a character named Jesse B. Semple.
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Langston Hughes was part of a group of African-Americans who formed the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance took place place in Harlem, New York. The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that went from the 1920s to the 1930s. Langston Hughes lived in Harlem for several years and wrote a lot of his books there. The Harlem Renaissance influenced Langston Hughes and many other artists.
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Langston Hughes died on May 22, 1967. Langston Hughes died of prostate cancer. But, Langston or his work will never be forgotten. The street he lived on in Harlem was soon called Langston's Place in memory of him. People all over the United States read his wonderful books and poems.