Born: February 1, 1996
902 in Death
Childhood: While Langston Hughes lived with his grandmother, however, she was old and didn’t have alot of money and was unable to give Hughes the attention he needed. When Langston Hughes’s grandma died, his mother granted him to her home in Lincoln, Illinois.
Family: Hughes felt hurt by both his mother and his father, and was unable to understand why he was not allowed to live with either of them. These feelings of rejection caused him to grow up very insecure and unsure of himself. Soon his step-father and mother moved on, this time to Chicago, but Hughes stayed in Cleveland to finish high school.
Poet’s life experiences: His writing talent was recognized by his high school teachers and classmates, and Hughes had his first pieces of verse published in the Central High Monthly, a sophisticated school magazine. Soon he was on the staff of the Monthly, and publishing in the magazine regularly.
Writing Career: After he graduated highschool, Hughes decided to return to Mexico to visit with his father, in order to try to convince him that he should pay for his college education at Columbia University in New York City. Hughes wrote the famous poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” In 1942, Hughes began writing a part for the African-American newspaper, the Chicago Defender.
Awards and honors:
Harmon Gold Medal for Literature (1930)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1935)
Honorary Doctor of Letters, Lincoln University (1943)
NAACP Spingarn Medal (1960)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (1961)