This Day in History: Langston Hughes Is Born


Photo: Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1936 (Wikimedia Commons)

February 1, 1902: Langston Hughes Is Born 

On this day in 1902, James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. A poet and novelist, he became known as the “Shakespeare of Harlem” during the 1920s and 1930s.

Originally from the Midwest, Hughes traveled the world and worked in a great variety of jobs. He is especially well-known for his perceptive and sympathetic portrayals of life in black America.

Learn more about Langston Hughes with Masterpiece’s Langston Hughes biography.

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