Today is the start of Black History Month and of course, [electrostaticlove] is going to get into the spirit. [All Black Everything] is my Black History Celebration endeavor and we’re starting with Langston Hughes.
James Mercer Langston Hughes was a shining example of diversity in American history. This part-African American, part-White American, part-Native American playwright, author, and columnist was one of the Harlem Renaissance’s most reputable figures. Born February 1st, 1902 (Happy Birthday Langston) in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes grew up with his grandmother after his parents divorced during his early childhood. Shortly after moving to Lincoln, Illinois to live with his mother, Langston began writing poetry. He released his first book of poetry, entitled The Weary Blues, in 1926, and his first novel, Not Without Laughter, in 1930.
Langston Hughes is recognized for his dramatic portrayals of African American life in the first half of the 20th century. He played upon the real day-to-day aspects of living in the United States, from the suffering and injustice to our love and growth in the world of music, language, and art. His poems, short stories, novels, and plays incorporated elements of his personal life and the objective black experience.
Hughes passed away in 1967 after complications arose from prostate cancer. In spite of his premature death, he managed to write over 50 literary works, become a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., receive honorary degrees from both Howard and Lincoln University, receive an NAACP award, have his image added to the US Postal Service’s Black Heritage series of postage stamps, and have a school and his old block on 127th street in New York City named after him.
The night is beautiful,
So the faces of my people.
The stars are beautiful,
So the eyes of my people
Beautiful, also, is the sun.
Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people.
-Langston Hughes, My People