Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Langston Hughes
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Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."


Ancestry and Childhood

Both of Hughes' paternal and maternal great-grandmothers were African-American, his maternal great-grandfather was white and of Scottish descent. A paternal great-grandfather was of European Jewish descent. Hughes's maternal grandmother Mary Patterson was of African-American, French, English and Native American descent. One of... more »

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,382 Points Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (11/26/2015 8:47:00 AM)

    good piece of work.
    i like it

  • Freshman - 768 Points Duncan Stephen (11/21/2015 6:56:00 AM)

    Very touching poem about a mother's love to her son.

  • Rookie - 409 Points Jack Phillips (10/21/2015 9:22:00 AM)

    langston hughes is my biggest inspiration he is like how i write my poetry

  • Rookie - 0 Points Rosalyn Byrd (9/4/2015 12:25:00 AM)

    Looking for the title of the book which has Langston Hughes poem - The Negro Mother.
    Would like to purchase the book if not to costly.
    Thanks for any help given

  • Rookie Prakash mohanty (8/24/2015 9:29:00 PM)

    Thanks !!!

  • Rookie - 0 Points Langston Hughes (3/24/2015 8:41:00 AM)

    I admire this article, but I did more than start a poetry revolution. I also cared for the ponies stationed at the shoppe and tended to Benjamin Franklin's cats whenever he so pleased. I also rock climbed skydived, and invented the toilet.

  • Rookie - 0 Points Langston Hughes (3/24/2015 8:38:00 AM)

    [b]Langston is only his

  • Rookie - 0 Points Giant Medieval Sword (2/10/2015 9:59:00 PM)

    Baby got Black.

  • Rookie - 20 Points Master Splinter (2/10/2015 6:21:00 PM)

    he was black and so am I

  • Rookie - 37 Points Swagger Mcjagger (1/30/2015 11:42:00 AM)

    He looks like my uncle. My uncle was a great man but everything changed after the incident

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