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The Life and Works of Poet Langston Hughes

One of Langston Hughes’s admirers, Loften Mitchell, writes: “Langston set a tone, a standard of brotherhood and friendship and cooperation, for all of us to follow. You never got from him, ‘I am the Negro writer,’ but only ‘I am Negro writer.’ He never stopped thinking about the rest of us.”

Born in February of 1902, Hughes was one of the leading forces of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City during the 1920s and continued to influence the tone of African-American poetry throughout the mid-1950s and mid-1960s. However, before his career took off, his main inspirations stemmed from his upbringing.

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