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Heritage – Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

  • James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1st, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri
  • American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist
  • Early innovator of jazz poetry
  • Published first poem The Weary Blues in 1926
  • Witter Bynner Undergraduate Poetry Prize in 1926
  • Published Fine Clothes to a Jew in 1927
  • Earned Bachelor of Arts from Lincoln University in 1929
  • Published novel Not Without Laughter in 1930
  • Co-wrote play Mule Bone with Zora Neale Hurston in 1931
  • Published short story The Ways of White Folks in 1934
  • Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1935
  • Let America Be America Again, published poem in 1935
  • Columnist for the Chicago Defender from 1942-62
  • Awarded honorary Doctor of Letters from Lincoln University in 1943
  • Published Montage of a Dream Deferred in 1951
  • Awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1954
  • Awarded Spingarn Medal in 1960
  • Wrote play Black Nativity in 1961
  • Awarded an honorary doctorate from Howard University in 1963
  • Wrote play Jericho-Jim Crow in 1964
  • Died at the age of 65 on May 27, 1967

Added Reading: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/langston-hughes, http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hughes/life.htm

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