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Rodney Thompson English 2 Draft One tends to feel inspired, and energetically charged when reading any work by the great Langston Hughes. Some of the subject maters he writes are freedom, equality, justice, renaissance, empowerment and perseverance. He amplifies his voice and beliefs through his works which are firmly rooted in race pride and race feeling. His writing commitment both life and his writing was mainly about African Americans. His early love for the “wonderful world of books” was sparked by loneliness and parental neglect. His influences were Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence, and Carl Sandburg. His talent, character, and willpower came from life experiences. His grandmother and great uncle John Mercer Langston who was a famous African-American Abolitionist were his two biggest influences. (Moore, 155) PERIOD GOES AFTER CLOSING PARENTHESIS, NOT BEFORE. Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) is a poet, novelist, playwright and American writer of the 20th century. His fame is due in large part to his involvement in the so- called Harlem Renaissance cultural movement that shook Harlem in the 1920s. His real name, NO PERIOD WAS James Mercer Langston Hughes, PERIOD Langston Hughes was born in Joplin Missouri of a teacher, Carrie Langston Hughes and James Nathaniel Hughes. After his divorce, the father of Langston emigrated first to Cuba and then to Mexico because of the racism he suffered in the United States. After the separation of his parents, the young Langston left the family home to live with one of his grandmother, Mary Langston in Lawrence Kansas. Mary greatly insists Langston on the racial pride of black people. After the death of his grandmother,
he will go to live with family friends, James and Mary Reed for two years. This period in the life of Langston turns not happy, although it will significantly influence the poet in the making, due to a troubled life. Later, he joined his mother, who has meanwhile remarried in Lincoln in Illinois finally moved to Cleveland Ohio where he will follow his secondary educations (Moore, 160) ) PERIOD GOES AFTER CLOSING PARENTHESIS, NOT BEFORE.

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