Langston was a poet,play writer,novelist,and a part of the Harlem Renaissance.
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Langston was born February 1, 1902. Langston's parents seperated when he was very young, so he lived with his grandma untill she died when Langston was 12. Langston and his grandma were very poor. Langston's grandma told him many stories of black heroes and even took him to see Booker T. Washington.
The Harlem Renaissance
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Langston's mother couldn't afford college. But, Langston got a scholarship to Lincoln University where one of his teachers introduced him to poetry by Carl Sandburg. Langston was also elected class poet.
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Langston published his first poem in 1921 in the Crisis magazine. An important influence on his early work was the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar. After that, Langston went on to write and publish many poems and plays. Langston even opened up his own theater and ran his plays there.
Langston was part of the Harlem Renaissance group. The Harlem Renaissance celebrated African American experience in poetry, prose, plays, and artwork.
Langston died on May 22, 1967. His poetry not only inspired many people but it contributed greatly to the Harlem Renaissance. His poetry celebrated African American life and greatly affected the lives of "low down folks." Langston's home is now a landmark and he is considered one of the finest poets of the 20th century. Langston's work is still published and translated around the world.