Born: February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri
Died: May 22, 1967
Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. Shortly after his birth, Hughes went to live with his poor grandma. Hughes had a lonely childhood because his grandma could never give him the attention that he needed.
Langston Hughes Began his career as a writer in high school. In his eighth grade class, Langston was named class poet.
When Langston’s grandmother died, he went to live with his mom in Lincoln, Illinois. After living in Illinois for about a year, Langston’s step-father had found a job in Cleveland. Because of Langston’s step-father, Langston’s family moved to Cleveland.
After high school, Langston decided to be a poet. In college, Langston began his career as a writer. Later on in Langston’s life, his father and he had a conflict. Langston’s father wanted him to be a engineer, but Langston wanted to be a writer. But after some of Langston’s poems got published, his father accepted Hughes as a poet.
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