Langston Hughes: A Slurge Of African-American Culture During The Harlem Renaissance
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After World War I, in Harlem, New York, there was a huge splurge of African- American culture. The African-American culture induced literature, poetry, and philosophy. This movement criticized the way these African-Americans were treated by white Americans. During this time, Langston Hughes, a social activist wrote poems that portrayed the struggle of African Americans, showcasing their lives during the Harlem Renaissance, while celebrating their heritage.
James Mercer Langston Hughes was born was born in Joplin, Missouri, on the 1st of February, and died May 22nd 1967. He had lived with his grandmother, since his parents were divorced. When his grandma died, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in order to live with his mother. It was the first time that he had started to write poetry. After high school, he went to Mexico for a year, and then went to Columbia University. He won several awards, such as: Harmon Gold Medal for Literature, Honorary Doctor of Letters, Lincoln University, and American Academy of Arts and Letters This was when Langston Hughes moved to Harlem. During this time, Harlem was focused on African-American heritage; which inspired Hughes’s writing. His writing style often reflected Blues and Jazz, as that was what he was mostly inspired by, while sitting in Harlem. Hughes’s main inspiration was his grandma that told him stories about their heritage. His ancestors had previously been slaves that were owned by rich white people. Hughes was inspired by how the