Harlem

James Mercer Langston Hughes

Biography of James Mercer Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on Feb. 1, 1902 in Japlin, Missouri. Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, and a playwright whose African American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. He published his first poem in 1921. Hughes attended Columbia University, but he left after a year for travel. His parents were James Hughes and Carrie Langston. They divorced soon after his birth and his dad moved to Mexico. His mother moved around a lot, so he was raised by his maternal grandmothers.

Theme of the poem

The theme of the poem was about racism. Since he was growing up in the 1920s, he was growing up with African Americans not being able to have rights like the white male back then. The average black male did not have a dream to do what they want. They couldn't have freedom of speech to say what is on there mind.

Lesson of the poem

The lesson of the poem was that everybody has a dream, and if you have a dream, you should go and do whatever it takes to accomplish that dream. Work as hard as you can until that dream becomes a reality. If you don't have a dream, make another dream, and go and achieve that dream as well as the last dream you had.