Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 1934

Daddy went fishing early this morning with some men. Mother and I didn't go to Sunday school or church.

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967)

Born in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright,
and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry.
Hughes is best known for his work during 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"

Throughout his career, Hughes received numerous honors and awards. He died in New York
City of complications following surgery for prostate cancer. Yale University holds the Langston
Hughes papers. 2002 The United States Postal Service added the image of Langston Hughes to
 its Black Heritage series of postage stamps.

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