Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes

  1. 1. LANGSTON HUGHES<br />
  2. 2. Early Years <br />Born: Joplin Missouri 1902<br />Parents separated<br />Early childhood spent in Lawrence Kansas with maternal grandmother<br />Attended Central High School in Cleveland Ohio<br />Columbia University – 1 year <br />
  3. 3. Travel<br />Bad relationship with father.<br />Worked in Paris and Washington D.C.<br />Traveled abroad on a freight and shipped out as a merchant seaman.<br />Attended Lincoln University<br />Was supported by patrons in NYC <br />
  4. 4. Great Depression & Politics<br />Great Depression<br />Visit to Soviet Union<br />Communism<br />Spanish Civil War<br />Senator Joseph McCarthy<br />FBI Security Risk<br />
  5. 5. Poetry<br />Stanza forms<br />“Low-Down folks”<br />Write about what you know<br />Renaissance Man<br />The Weary Blues<br />
  6. 6. Plays and Music<br />Poetry Accompanying Music<br />Henry “Red” Allen Band<br />First Play - Mule Bone<br />Harlem Suitcase Theatre<br />
  7. 7. Recognition & Honors<br />Honorary Literature Degree <br />Honorary Doctorate<br />Guggenheim Fellowship 1935<br />Spingarn Medal<br />NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission<br />
  8. 8. Death<br />Harlem Home Landmark<br />Died May 22, 1967<br />

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