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1 The story of Langston Hughes By: Stefan Edmiston
2 WHERE IT ALL BEGAN Was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Mother’s name was Mercer Langston and father was James Nathaniel Hughes.Father eventually left to Cuba, and then Mexico.Mother was on the move so he was mainly raised his loving grandmother.
3 College Langston Hughes was an amazing student. At his time black people were not going to college. Hughes got accepted into Columbia university.Father wanted him to study engineering instead of writing or he would not support him.He ended up leaving because of bigotry within the school.Later received a scholarship to Lincoln University.
4 How he got into poetryPublished his first book, The Weary Blues, in 1926.Always knew he wanted to be a writer so when he got out of college he immediately followed his dreams.Knew that he was living in racist America and couldn't help stop it with violence but wanted to make a difference with words.
5 “Black is beautiful” A theme he stressed throughout his life. A lot of his poetry was about hard-working black people in a racist America.Then again he spoke just as much about how it was a beautiful thing to be black, even in racist America.He gave a lot of people a reason to be proud.
6 How Much He WroteHe wrote 16 books of poems, two novels, three collections of short stories, four volumes of editorial and documentary fiction, 20 plays, children’s poetry, musicals and operas, three autobiographies, 12 radio and television scripts, and dozens of magazine articles.
7 World War II Escaped military service However, heavily involved in politicsEnded up writing in The Chicago Defender to encourage readers to support the allies
8 TheaterStarted out working with two men named Kurt Weill and Elmer RiceDeveloped a play together called Street SceneDid a lot of theatre work with William Gram Still, the first black composer in the United States to have a symphony performed by a major symphony orchestra in the Deep Sout.
9 Ending of his career Shared his knowledge in multiple colleges Also with a number of black culture research centersShared so much of his time in Harlem preaching to kids about becoming the best you can beSome of his last poems were about believing in yourself and never letting anyone tell you that you can’t do something
10 His death Died on May 22, 1967 Died in the place he loved most, Harlem Died in New York Polyclinic HospitalRemembered for his strong words and dedication to defending his people and always doing what's right