Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in a time segregation a time where white and black people were separate and not know as equals. Shortly after he was born Langston Hughes's parents (James Hughes and Carrie Langston) seperated.
Since Langston Hughes parents were always busy his maternal grandma had to take care of him. His grandmother told him stories about black people who tried to make a difference. She told him he could be one of these heros in these stories which inspired him.
Traveling The World
Langston Hughes's grandmother took him to see Booker T. Washington . When Langston heard his speech Langston learned all about the slavery and how people were able to have hope even with their tough lives.
Langston Hughes was good at writing poetry. He was so good at writing poetry that he was voted a class poet. One of his teachers introduced him to poetries written by Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman. Because of segregation, Langston Hughes had to go to a school where only blacks could go.
When Langston Hughes was a busboy in a hotel restaurant he met Vachel Lindsay. Langston decided to show him some of his poems he wrote in his spare time. Vachel was so amazed that he offered Langston to share all of his poems with the rest of the world.
Langston Hughes died in 1967 of prostate cancer. Langston was known as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century because he wrote about all the harsh life of African Americans.