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Humanities 1020 November 29 2000 The Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes The Harlem Renaissance was a great and powerful era in black history It was an African American cultural movement of the 1920s and early 1930s that was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City Harlem Renaissance Langston Hughes wrote Blues and Jazz flourished throughout the streets of New York and young black artists began to arise 63 An important part of this era had to be the inspirational writings of Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes born in Joplin Missouri February 1 1902 was raised by his grandmother after his parents divorced Sporre 551 He graduated from high school in Cleveland Ohio and went off to Mexico to live with his father for fifteen months Jackson 1 While in Mexico Hughes lived a very rural life and wrote many of his first poems which although never published began to distinguish him as a writer Hughes attended Columbia University for one year then returned to home for a short period in 1923 before he joined the crew of the SS Malone bound for Africa A Salute to Hughes From there he visited many places including Paris Venice and Genoa before once again returning to America to live in Harlem New York in November 1924 Andrews 65-69 While working in Washington DC as a busboy Hughes left three of his poems beside the plate of Vachel Lindsey an American poet who liked Hughes poetry and helped him publicize his writings Jackson 3 Hughes first book of poetry The Weary Blues was published by Alfred A Knopf in 1926 Langston Hughes He was a great writer who completed a two volume autobiography and edited many anthologies and pictorial volumes Hughes dazzled writing for forty years and never gave up protesting for the rights of African Americans He gave many motivational speeches across the nation supporting the black movement Hughes
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