Langston Hughes. by: Landon Bartholomew. Early Life. James Langston Hughes was born in February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri.
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James Langston Hughes was born in February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri.
He lived mostly in Lawrence, Alabama and lived with his grandmother(Mary Langston) during most of his school life. In 1st grade he attended Topeka when he lived with his mom for a short time. He went back to Lawrence, Alabama for 2nd and 3rd grade. Then he went to New York for school during 4th,5th, and 6th grade. After that he went to Central School for 7th grade, but then his grandmother past away and he went to live with the Reeds who were close friends with his family.
After he left Lawrence, Alabama he went to go live with his mother and step-father.
He was determined to finish school so he stayed at Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Central High School.
He then later joined Lincoln University and graduated from Columbia University.
He later became a poet and his poems were a great contribute to the African American movement. His first published poem was called ”Not without laughter,” which first appeared in 1930.
He also held some odd jobs working as a busboy, assistant cook, launderer, and traveled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman.
Hughes was famous for his magnificent poems which helped the movement of the Harlem Renaissance movement.