Langston Hughes by Kyle Varner

Who is Langston Hughes? Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He began writing poetry in high school, and afterward he went to Mexico for a year to live with his dad, writing poetry and publishing while down there. When he moved back he enrolled at Columbia University and quickly became a big part of Harlem's cultural movement.

What did he do? Langston wrote poetry and was also an author. In the time of the Harlem Renaissance he had popular appeal and established both his poetic style and his commitment to black themes and heritage

When? He published work all the way from the 1920s until he died in 1967.

Where? He lived a lot of places, but he really started his career in Harlem at Columbia University, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, he would frequently travel the United States on lecture tours, and also abroad to the Soviet Union, Japan, and Haiti.

Historical Significance: He was one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, which was the African American artistic movement in the 1920s that celebrated black life and culture.


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