By: Natalya Cannie
Born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was a young child, and his father moved to Mexico. After his father leaving him he later moved with his grandmother who raised him until he was thirteen, then moving to Lincoln, Illinois with his mother and her husband. He began writing poetry, after graduating from high school, he spent a year in Mexico attending Columbia University in New York City. During that time he had jobs such as being a assistant cook, launderer and busboy, He also traveled to Africa and Europe to work as a seaman.
In November 1924, Hughes moved to Washington D.C where his first poetry book was published "The Weary Blues" by Alfred A. Knopf, Hughes then finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania three years later. In 1903 his first novel "Not Without Laughter" won the Harmon gold medal for literature.
On May 22, 1967, Langston Hughes died form complications of prostate cancer.
“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.” - Langston Hughes
1. Hughes was elected Class Poet upon graduating from the eighth grade in Lincoln
2. Hughes never married, and never openly discussed his sexuality during his lifetime.