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Langston Hughes

by Julia from Ohio

This is <a href=http://www.csuohio.edu/history/Langston%20Hughes/Images/hughes_portrait_detail.jpg>Langston Hughes </a>
This is Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was a very inspirational man. He wrote poems that inspired others. “Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light” is a quote by Norman B. Rice, and I believe that this quote relates to Langston Hughes. He reached out to people by writing poems. He made people understand what life was like to be black. He dared to do things that he knew white people would not like. Because of this, white people began to put themselves in black people’s shoes and started to understand them more. They also learned that it was not easy being black.

Believe it or not, Langston Hughes was a regular child before he started writing poetry. He was born in Joplin, Missouri, and his mother and father named him James Hughes after his father. He was born on February 1, 1902. He changed his name when he was young. He grew up like any other child. He was not a famous writer when he was younger. Most people think that someone who is famous was famous from the day they were born, but that is not true. They started out just like everyone else.

Langston Hughes started out just like any other child growing up. He went to school in Lawrence, Kansas. He had problems just like children nowadays. His parents even got divorced when he was young. His father went to live in Mexico after the divorce. Langston started writing poetry in the eighth grade. He and his mother went to live in Cleveland, Ohio. There he went to Central High School. After he graduated, he went to Mexico for a year to live with his father. When Langston arrived home he got a scholarship to attend Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

<a href=http://www.eethelbertmiller.com/langston.jpg>This is Langston when he was younger</a>
This is Langston when he was younger

Langston wrote many poems, song lyrics, real life drama, and books after he became famous. He wrote 16 books of poems, 2 novels, 3 collections of short stories, 4 volumes of “Editorial” and Documental” fiction, 20 children's stories, musicals, M.D. operas, 3 autobiographies, 12 radio and T.V. scripts and 12 magazine articles. Langston’s first book was published in 1962. His first poem published was “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” Langston went to clubs and listened to jazz and blues, and while he listened, he would write his poems.

Langston did not live his life like the glass was half empty. He lived his life like the glass was half full. Langston Hughes died in New York City at the age of 65. Langston died of cancer and if he was still alive today, he would be 105.

Langston Hughes was a true pure-hearted man. He was inspirational; he inspired many others to write, including me. He was also overachieving, compassionate, and understanding. He did things others could not achieve. Others cannot even come close to the way he writes. He would try to understand others and he wanted others to understand him and what some blacks go through. Langston was not a heartless man. He showed sympathy for others; he was a kind man. This man is the true meaning of honorable.

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