On February 1, 1902 Langston Hughes was born in Joplin Missouri. During this time there was segregation, that is where people treat other people with different races unfairly. Soon after Langston was born his parents divorced and he went to live with his poor, sick grandma.
The novle "Not Without Laughter." and poem " The Weary Blues"
Langston found his love for writing in elementary school. He loved to write poems in class, and some of his classmates thought his poems were so great that they called him the class poet. He thought of poetry as a way to express his feelings about problems like segregation.
Harlem, New York City
His first poem "The Negro Speaks the River¨ was published in 1920. That was where his career as a poet took off. Soon after he published his poem, he enrolled at Columbia University where he continued pursue his passion for writing.
Death an Honoring him
In 1925 Langston Hughes won first prize on Opportunity magazine literary competition, he also received a scholarship to Lincoln University, in Pennsylvanian. After he graduated from Lincoln University in 1929 he published his first novel " Not Without Laughter".
In the 1940's Langston Hughes bought a house in Harlem, New York. Harlem was a black community, where black people could be free from segregation and all be treated fairly and equally. During this time he taught writing at Atlanta University and was a guest lecture at a university in Chicago.
On May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes died from prostate cancer. To honor his contribution to poetry at his funeral they played blues and jazz music. His home in Harlem received landmark statues. Volumes of his work continues to be published and translated through out the world. His poems and writing were very influential and inspiring.