Langston Hughes was born on February 1st, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. He was born during the time of segregation and inequality to African Americans. In the South, people believed in slavery and discrimination.
Traveling the World
Langston's grandma told him stories of his ancestors and how they accomplished many great things. His grandma even took him to listen to Booker T. Washington because she believed his knowledge mattered.
The Harlem Renaissance
At first, Langston went to school in Kansas, but his grandma died when he was 12. Then, he moved to Illinois, where he was elected class poet.
Death and Legacy
Langston traveled to Africa by boat with other African Americans in 1923. Then, he went to Europe, where he sent stories and poems back to the United States to be published. He went home in 1924, and attended Lincoln College for one year.
Bye bye America, welcome Africa!
Langston participated in the Harlem Renaissance in Harlem, New York. This was where the African American culture was celebrated. The blacks wanted to make art and showcase their dreams and talents.
Langston Hughes died on May 22, 1967 of cancer. His ashes are beneath the Arthur Schamburg Center. His Harlem home, East 127th Street, recieved NYC landmark status in 1981.