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James Langston Hughes was born 1 February 1902 in Joplin Missouri His parents divorced when he was very small and his father who found American racism made his desires to be a lawyer impossible left the family and immigrated to Mexico Hughes mother moved with her child to Lawrence Kansas so she and he could live with his grandmother Mary Langston Langston Hughes mother moved to Topeka in 1907 leaving the five-year-old with his grandmother Langston came from a family of African-American activists His mothers first husband had been killed at Harpers Ferry Her second husband Charles Langston Langston Hughes grandfather had taken part in political activism on behalf of a slave Charles Langstons brother John Mercer Langston had been a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia in the 1890s as well as a diplomat lawyer and educator Though her past had been vivid and important Mary Langstons presence was not enough to keep the young Langston Hughes from deep loneliness and he found life in books She died in 1915 and the boy then 13 years old moved to Illinois to join his mother and her new husband He began the eighth grade in Illinois Langston Hughes was successful in high school in Cleveland Ohio by 1918 he was publishing poetry and stories in the Central High Monthly Magazine and taking part in track events He was elected class poet and editor of the annual his senior year His first major publication was in 1921 when he was 19 with The Negro Speaks of Rivers He went to Columbia University and met two important writers W E B Du Bois editor of The Crisis the journal that published The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Countee Cullen a young Harlem poet In 1922 Hughes left Columbia University after having taken only a few classes He moved to Harlem part of upper Manhattan near the Columbia campus in November 1924 Harlem was
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