Born In: Joplin, Missouri, United States
James Mercer Langston Hughes is remembered as one of the greatest contributorsto the artistic realm of the Harlem Renaissance. A poet and writer by profession, Hughes was an African-American. Through his exquisite literary compositions, he told stories of the sufferings and the life of the black people. During the 1920s when writers chose to stream their content, making their compositions worthy of only the highly literate, Hughes’ writings came as an elementary relief to those who could just about read and didn’t possess opulent knowledge. His poetry was straight forward and often meant for the black community. He had a particular penchant for jazz music. In fact, he created a brand new genre of American poetry that was later called jazz poetry. Gaining support for his work, he went on to write short stories, plays and columns. It was his dauntless ability to express the black life with all its honesty that won him plenty of admiration later in his career. The columns he wrote largely uplifted the morale of the blacks who were subjugated to racism. His famous work ‘When Harlem was in Vogue’ received plaudits from sundry writers.
Also Known As: James Mercer Langston Hughes
Died At Age: 66
father: James Nathaniel Hughes
mother: Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston
Born Country: United States
political ideology: Communism
place of death: New York City, New York,, United States
Diseases & Disabilities: Prostate Cancer
Cause of Death: Abdominal Surgery
Ancestry: British American, French American
U.S. State: Missouri
education: Columbia University, Lincoln University
awards: Hughes won the Witter Bynner Undergraduate Poetry Prize.
Hughes was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship
which allowed him to travel to Spain and Russia.
Hughes was awarded a felowship from the Rosenwald Fund.
Lincoln University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.
Hughes won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
the NAACP awarded Hughes the Spingarn Medal
Howard University awarded Hughes an honorary doctorate.
Western Reserve University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.
The first Langston Hughes Medal was awarded by the City College of New York.
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