A person That I chose for who had an impact on U.S history was Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 and died on May 22, 1967. Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was the first to form jazz poetry. He was best known as "The Bard of Harlem" , but His work was best known during the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes had an impact on U.S. history by influencing the Black community that one should be proud of his/her racial heritage.