He and his younger brother John Mercer Langston worked for the abolitionist cause and helped lead the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society in 1858.When his grandmother died, Langston lived with family friends for a couple of years and then with his mother. At the university, Langston earned fairly good grades, but was forced to leave the establishment in 1922, due to the constant racism imposed on him. Langston later said that he had rhythm in his blood because, as everyone knows, all African Americans have a rhythm. Langston Hughes stated that one of his paternal great-grandparents was Sam Clay, a whiskey distiller, a relative of statesman Henry Clay.
Poet, novelist, playwright, librettist, essayist and translator, James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, on February 1, 1902, to parents Caroline (Carrie) Mercer Langston, a school teacher, and James Nathaniel Hughes, a lawyer. Langston Hughes, son of Carrie Hughes (née Langston) and James Nathaniel Hughes, was famous for being one of the main leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. The father did not share the desire for Hughes to become a writer, but they managed to reach an agreement: Langston had to study engineering at Columbia University. James Mercer Langston Hughes is remembered as one of the greatest contributors to the artistic realm of the Harlem Renaissance.
ProSeletters from Langston (University of California Press, 201 Selected Letters of Langston Hughes) (Alfred A. Langston Hughes (1902 — May 22, 1962) was an American poet, novelist, playwright, and short story writer. For Langston Hughes' lyrics, a combination of diverse genre traditions from the folklore of black songs is typical. Langston Hughes joined his father in Mexico City briefly in 1919, returned to Cleveland to finish high school and, after receiving his diploma in 1920, returned to Mexico City.
Langston's father, James Hughes, was so annoyed by racism toward African-Americans that he left his family and moved to Mexico. When his mother and brother followed his stepfather, who occasionally left the family in search of higher salaries, Langston stayed in Cleveland to finish high school. During his training in Cleveland, Langston worked at a school newspaper and was editor of a yearbook, and even then began writing his first poems, stories and plays. Instead of accepting his dominant father's demands for a degree in mining engineering, Langston moved to New York City, New York, and enrolled at Columbia University.