- Name: Langston Hughes
- Born: 02/01/1901
- Died: 05/22/1967 (66 years old)
- Occupation: Poet, columnist, dramatist, essayist, novelist
James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He moved to New York City as a young man, where he made his career. One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that “the negro was in vogue”, which was later paraphrased as “when Harlem was in vogue.”
Birth Name: James Mercer Langston Hughes
Birth Place: Joplin, Missouri, U.S.
Death Place: New York City, U.S.
Langston Hughes quotes :
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.Langston Hughes
We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased, we are glad. If they are not, it doesn't matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too.Langston Hughes
Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people - the beauty within themselves.Langston Hughes
Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.Langston Hughes
Negroes - Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day - They change their mind.Langston Hughes
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.Langston Hughes