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  • 1. LANGSTON HUGHES By : Tony Gaultney Melissa Ferguson Johnny James
  • 2. GROWING UP • BORN FEB. 1, 1902 IN JOPLIN MISSOURI • BEGAN WRITING POETRY IN THE EIGHTH GRADE • WAS THE BROTHER OF JOHN MERCER LANGSTON( FIRST BLACK AMERICAN TO BE VOTED INTO PUBLIC OFFICE). • IN COLLEGE THE ONLY WAY HIS TUITION WOULD BE PAYED WAS IF HE STUDIED ENGINEERING • LANGSTON SOON DROPPED OUT OF THE DEGREE COURSE TO PURSUE WRITING.
  • 3. POEMS AND WRITINGS • HIS FIRST PUBLISHED POEM WAS “THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS” . THIS WAS SAID TO BE HIS MOST FAMOUS. • LATER HIS POEMS, ESSAYS AND SHORT STORYS WOULD APPEAR IN NAACP PUBLICATION AND MANY OTHER BOOKS AND MAGAZINES ALL OVER THE WORLD. • HUGHES TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH HIS WRITINGS, LISTENING TO BLUES AND JAZZ MUSIC WRITING HIS STORIES.
  • 4. Travel • Hughes traveled to many diverse places throughout the world. From many places such as Africa, Italy, Spain Russia and many others. • He spent a great deal of time sharing his stories and experiences with many people throughout the world. • Around 1926 He accepted a job with Dr. Carter G Woodson, Editor of the Negro Journal of Life and founder of Black history week, with the new job offer he moved back to his beloved Harlem later that year.
  • 5. THE HARLEM RENISSANCE • Langston Hughes is known as one of the biggest contributors to the Harlem Renaissance • Many of his writings are based on his life in Harlem during the Renaissance movement in the 1920’s.
  • 6. Life of a Legend • Overall he wrote 16 books of poems, 2 novels, and a collection of short stories and television scripts. • Langston Hughes died of Cancer on May 22, 1967 at his residence in Harlem. • Since then New York City Preservation Commission has renamed his street Langston Hughes Place.