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Langston Hughes was an African-American poet writer essayist and librettist born in Joplin Missouri Hughes attended Columbia University but left after one year to work on a freighter traveling to Africa After his poems began to get promoted between 1925 and 1929 he went back to school and attended Lincoln University where he graduated with a bachelors degree While attending Lincoln he published his first work as a writer in 1926 The Weary BluesLangston Hughes was a large part of the Harlem Renaissance a cultural celebration of African-American heritage expressed through many forms of art literature music and dance During his lifetime he became known as the poet laureate of Harlem Although Langston Hughes was primarily known for his works as a poet he also spent much of his time lecturing in schools and colleges where he talked with the black youth who had literary ability and encouraged them to write Even though Langston Hughes died of lung cancer in 1967 his poems are still a huge part in American society and history All of Hughes poems tell of the joys and miseries of the ordinary black man in an otherwise white America The most famous piece of work by Hughes A Dream Deferred is a step back in the past Hughes originally entitled A Dream Deferred Harlem which was the capital of African-American life in the United States He more than likely did this with the sole purpose of focusing on the dreams of African-Americans At this time America was segregated into black and white communities Although segregated African-American artists writers and musicians were beginning to gain recognition across the nation and Harlem started becoming a lively cultural center in the United States If we place this poem into the context of the historical and cultural knowledge we have recently described we see that it is more than likely that the dream of
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