langston hughes by:stephanie shirey

Langston Hughes

life span :February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967

birth place: Joplin, Missouri
Family: Hughes parents, James Hughes and Carrie Langston, separated soon after his birth, and his father moved to Mexico. While Hughes’s mother moved around during his youth, Hughes was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother, Mary, until she died in his early teens. From that point, he went to live with his mother, and they moved to several cities before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio
Hughes went to central high school. This is when he first started writing poems and they were published in the school magazine and a teacher exposed him to his earliest influences. he graduated high school in 1920.

poetry influences: Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman

Hughes enrolled in Columbia University in 1921 where he studied briefly for about 1 year then dropped out in 1922
Vachel Lindsay was inspired by Hughes's poem and helped promote his poems. his poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was published in The Crisis magazine and was highly praised in 1920 after being rejected so many times this was a big accomplishment for him
Vachel Lindsay was inspired by Hughes's poem and helped promote his poems. Hughes’s poem “The Weary Blues” won first prize in the Opportunity magazine literary competition. he later named his first book "The Weary Blues" published in 1926 by Knopf. He was one of the most influential faces in the Harlem Renaissance.
Hughes also received a scholarship to attend Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania

Langston wrote poetry in the means for people to read it and be able to just let go kind of like an outlet to be at peace during the hard times.

now in time there was a building made for young emerging writers to come and share there work. This project was called #LangstonsLegacy. Over 1500 people donated to build this safe space.

This poem is intended for African Americans and telling them the importance of there roots and that there life has meaning. The character saying this is a strong man that believe completely in his roots and beliefs and wants you to remember your ancestors and where you came from. be strong and be you.

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