Diamond Holland

                       Langston Hughes

Born February 1, 1902

Died May 22, 1967

Didn't take into religion

Into communism

From Joplin, Missouri

Mother and Father James Nathaniel HughesMOTHER Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston

Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was better known as the earliest innovators of new literary art form, jazz poetry. An influential writer during the period of 1920s Harlem Renaissance, the main objective of his work was to uplift the condition of his people. His poetry and fiction expressed the lives of working-class blacks in America.

His works generally stressed on the racial consciousness and cultural nationalism and encouraged them to have pride in their diverse black culture. He had written novels, short stories, plays, poetry, operas, essays and works for children. He also wrote two autobiographies namely “The Big Sea” and “I Wonder as I Wander”, along with translating several works of literature in English.

This man never married. Education was Lincoln University (1926 – 1929), Columbia University (1921 – 1922). In 1921, The Crisis published Langston’s first poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, which became his signature poem. This poem was also collected in his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues (1926). Langston’s life and literary works were greatly influenced by the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. His contemporaries included, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Countee Cullen, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Aaron Douglas. They even together created a short lived magazine, “Fire!! Devoted to Younger Negro Artists”.

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