James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 3, 1902. WhenLangston was born, his parents separated and he grew up with his grandma. His grandma told him stories about the heroes in his family to inspire him.
As Langston grew older, his grandmother died. Langston moved to Lincoln, Illinois so he could live with his mom and stepfather. While living with them he became the class poet in school.
After Langston finished elementary school, he attended high school in Ohio. After he graduated he went to the University of Columbia but later dropped out.
After he dropped out, Langston traveled to places like Africa and Spain. But he continued to write poems during to trip. He stopped to live in Paris and wrote poems in Paris
Langston met Vachel Lindsay who liked Langston's work and advertised his work to a larger group of people.
James Mercer Langston Hughes died on May 22 1967. He died from cancer at the age 65.