was an American #poet
, and #playwright
made him a primary contributor to the #HarlemRenaissance
of the 1920s.
Langston Hughes was born on #February1
, 1902, in Joplin, #Missouri
. He published his first poem in 1921. He attended #ColumbiaUniversity
, but left after one year to travel. His poetry was later promoted by Vachel Lindsay, and Hughes published his first book in 1926. He went on to write countless works of poetry, prose and plays, as well as a popular column for the Chicago Defender. He died on #May22
Known as one of the founding fathers of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes continuously fought for #socialjustice
through his literature. To support himself throughout his early writing career Hughes worked odd jobs in West Africa, Paris, and Rome, before resettling in the U.S. in 1924.
The Harlem Renaissance
Hughes graduated from high school in 1920 and spent the following year in Mexico with his father. Around this time, Hughes' poem "#TheNegroSpeaksofRivers
" was published in The Crisis magazine and was highly praised. In 1921 Hughes returned to the United States and enrolled at Columbia University where he studied briefly, and during which time he quickly became a part of Harlem's burgeoning #culturalmovement
, what is commonly known as the Harlem Renaissance. But Hughes dropped out of Columbia in 1922 and worked various odd jobs around New York for the following year, before signing on as a steward on a freighter that took him to Africa and Spain. He left the ship in 1924 and lived for a brief time in Paris, where he continued to develop and publish his poetry.
Langston Hughes Poems & Works'The Weary Blues'
In November 1924, Hughes returned to the United States and worked various jobs. In 1925, he was working as a busboy in a Washington, D.C. hotel restaurant when he met American poet Vachel Lindsay. Hughes showed some of his poems to Lindsay, who was impressed enough to use his connections to promote Hughes’ poetry and ultimately bring it to a wider audience. In 1925, Hughes’ poem “The Weary Blues” first prize in the Opportunity magazine