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Langston HughesBlack history monthI’m Jordan Bartley, a tsb student. Today I will be presenting Langston Hughes and reading hissome of his poetry.James Mercer Langston Hughes born February 1, 1902 was an American poet, social activist, novelist,playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is bestknown as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that “the negro wasin vogue”, which was later paraphrased as “when Harlem was in vogue.”First published in The Crisis in 1921, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” which became Hughes’s signaturepoem, was collected in his first book of poetry The Weary Blues (1926). Hughes’s first and last publishedpoems appeared in The Crisis; more of his poems were published in The Crisis than in any other journal.Hughes’s life and work were enormously influential during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s,alongside those of his contemporaries, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Claude McKay, CounteeCullen, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Aaron Douglas.

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