He was the first African-American to earn a living as a poet and also the first to be accepted by the then all-white literary establishment as a voice that could compete with both the writers of his time and with posterity. Langston Hughes is known for his contributions to a literary movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. ProSLetters from Langston (University of California Press, 201 Selected Letters of Langston Hughes) (Alfred A. James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901 — May 22, 1960) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.
Langston set a tone, a standard of brotherhood, friendship and cooperation, that we must all follow. In 1931, Prentiss Taylor and Langston Hughes created Golden Stair Press, which published portfolios and books with works of art by Prentiss Taylor and texts by Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes is recognized as an innovator of jazz poetry, imitating the flow and rhythm of jazz music. Although he was born in Missouri, Langston Hughes moved to Lawrence to live with his grandmother Mary Langston.
In Looking for Langston (198), British filmmaker Isaac Julien stated that he was a black gay icon, Julien thought that Hughes' sexuality had been historically ignored or minimized. While Langston Hughes is probably most famous for his poetic contributions to the Harlem Renaissance movement, he was an exceptional writer and traveler. While Langston Hughes is most prolifically known for his contributions to the Harlem Renaissance, he was also a competent journalist. Langston Hughes has been called the people's poet for his portrayals of black culture and everyday life.
Langston Hughes, or James Mercer Langston Hughes, was a famous African-American writer and thinker who sparked a revolution. They had two children; the second was Langston Hughes, who according to most sources was born in 1901 in Joplin, Missouri (although Hughes himself states in his autobiography that he was born in 190). As part of the Department of African and African American Studies, the Langston Hughes Center (LHC) serves as an educational and academic research center that is based on the legacy and vision of Langston Hughes. Through African-American oral tradition and based on the activist experiences of her generation, Mary Langston instilled in her grandson a lasting sense of racial pride.
The Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Yale University contains the Langston Hughes documents (1862-1980) and the Langston Hughes Collection (1924-196), which contain letters, manuscripts, personal items, photographs, clippings, works of art and objects that document Hughes's life.