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Langston: <p>Black history month black artists edition day 2: American poet, playwright, and novelist Langston Hughes.</p> <p>Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. As a child he grew up in several midwestern small towns. After his father left the family and divorced his mother, he spent most of his time being raised by his maternal grandmother while his mother searched around for work. Through oral tradition his grandmother instilled a sense of pride for his heritage and an appreciation for storytelling. In his autobiography he wrote: &ldquo;I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome, living with my grandmother. Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books—where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.&rdquo;</p> <p>Langston developed a strong interest in poetry and writing; in grammar school he was elected class poet. He went to school for engineering but soon left due to racial prejudice and his strong attraction to Harlem culture and poetic pursuits. He floated through a few jobs, once even becoming the personal assistant of historian Carter G. Woodson. Eventually his poems called the eye of poet Vachel Lindsay, who helped Hughes publish his first official book of poems. In the mid-1920s, Hughes reenrolled in college, this time at the historically black Lincoln University. There he earned his bachelors degree and attended undergrad classes with future supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall.</p>
Langston: <p>Black history month black artists edition day 2: American poet, playwright, and novelist Langston Hughes.</p>

<p>Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. As a child he grew up in several midwestern small towns. After his father left the family and divorced his mother, he spent most of his time being raised by his maternal grandmother while his mother searched around for work. Through oral tradition his grandmother instilled a sense of pride for his heritage and an appreciation for storytelling. In his autobiography he wrote: &ldquo;I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome, living with my grandmother. Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books—where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.&rdquo;</p>

<p>Langston developed a strong interest in poetry and writing; in grammar school he was elected class poet. He went to school for engineering but soon left due to racial prejudice and his strong attraction to Harlem culture and poetic pursuits. He floated through a few jobs, once even becoming the personal assistant of historian Carter G. Woodson. Eventually his poems called the eye of poet Vachel Lindsay, who helped Hughes publish his first official book of poems. In the mid-1920s, Hughes reenrolled in college, this time at the historically black Lincoln University. There he earned his bachelors degree and attended undergrad classes with future supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall.</p>

<p>Black history month black artists edition day 2: American poet, playwright, and novelist Langston Hughes.</p> <p>Langston Hughes was...