Langston Hughes, U. S. author, died in New York City on this day in history: May 22, 1967

Langston Hughes in 1936 photo by Carl Van Vechten

Langston Hughes in 1936 photo by Carl Van Vechten

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was 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”.

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  1. […] Langston Hughes, the U.S. author who died in New York City on this day in history, May 22, 1967, reads his poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. […]


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