Born: February 1, 1902 in Joplin Missouri
Died: May 22, 1967
Life:His parents divorced when he was a small child. Then he had moved with his grandmother. When he was thirteen he moved back with his mom because his grandma died. He wrote his first poem in eighth grade. After graduation, he spent a year in Mexico and a year at Columbia University. He worked as an assistant cook, launderer, and a busboy, and travelled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman. When he got older he moved to washington D.C. He gets inspired by music like jazz and the blues. He returned to school in 1926 to a black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. A lady named Charlotte Osgood Mason directed Hughes’s literary career. In 1930 his first novel Not Without Laughter won the Harmon gold medal for literature. He published poetry in New Masses, a journal associated with the Communist Party. In 1942, during World War II Hughes began writing a column for the African American newspaper the Chicago Defender. Money was a concern for Hughes throughout his life. He work on writing the lyrics for the Broadway musical “Street Scene”. On May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes died after having had abdominal surgery.