Langston Hughes

Born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri.

Early Life

  • Born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri.

  • His parents divorced when he was a young child, and his father moved to Mexico. He was raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen, when he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her husband, before the family eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Lincoln was where he began to write poetry.

Early Life cont.

  • After graduating High School, he had many odd jobs such as assistant cook, launderer, and a busboy.

  • He also travelled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman

  • In November 1924, he moved to Washington, D. C.

  • He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania three years later.

His Work

  • He wrote novels, short stories and plays, as well as poetry.

  • His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

He wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering and their love of music, laughter, and language itself.

Works Cited

  • "Langston Hughes." Poets.org, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 25

Apr. 2015.

  • "Langston Hughes." Poetry Soup, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 25

Apr. 2015.