James Mercer Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes
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  •                 The Beginning of a Famous Poet
  • Langstons Early Life with Granma
  • School Life for the Growing Langston Hughes
  • You won't believe what I just did!! They picked me for the editor of the yearbook!!
  • Life was hard for James Mercer Langston Hughes, he was born on February 1, 1902. At the time segregation was still active and again, life was hard for him since he was black.
  • Hughes First Poem
  • Sorry, we're not allowed to publish anything by negroes.
  • Langstons granma was poor and couldn't afford much, although she was poor, Langston attended an elementary school and was voted class poet.
  • Olden Days With Weary Blues
  • Never seeing you again Columbia. I want to see the real world.
  • As Langston was growing up he dedicated his life mostly to art and being a poet. When Langston was only 12, his granma died. While langston was growing up he went to Central High school where he was voted editor of the yearbook.
  • Death & Legacy
  • It was really hard for Hughes to get a business to publish his poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." But Langston had hope, he traveled all over New York just to get his poem published. In the end, he found a publisher who was delighted to publish Hughes' poem.
  • Please, its what I dedicate my life to doing, yet nobody wants to publish it.
  • In 1926, Hughes published his poem, "Weary Blues," while in college. Hughes went to Columbia University but dropped out of it after only 1 year because he wanted to see the world!
  • Sadly, Hughes died on May 22nd, 1967 and is now remembered as the "Poet Laureate of Harlem" in the 1920s, Langston Hughes was one of the first African Americans to earn a living solely as a writer. Hughes was known mainly for his poetry. ... Often his writing riffed on the energy of life in Harlem itself.
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