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James Mercer Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
The birth of James Mercer Langston Hughes
February 1, 1902
Hughes, aged 22, enrolls at Colombia University, but gets involved with writers and drops out after publishing “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”
After getting “The Weary Blues” published by Alred Knopf, Hughes enrolls in Lincoln University.
Hughes publishes his novel “Not Without Laughter,” and the poem “The Dream Keeper” a year after getting his bachelor’s degree.
While racism plagued the United States, Hughes publishes a collection of short stories titled “The Ways of White Folks."
As a correspondent of various African-American newspapers, Hughes travels to spain.
After establishing a theatre troupe in Los Angeles, Hughes writes his autobiography, “The Big Sea."
He spent 3 months at the integrated University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as a “Visiting Lecturer of Poetry.”
Hughes publishes a collection of poetry called “Montage of a Dream Deferred.”
Hughes publishes “I Wonder as I Wonder,” his second autobiography.
Hughes was inducted into the National Institute of Arts and Letters and publishes “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz,” a collection of poetry.
James Mercer Langston Hughes dies of complications from prostate cancer at the age of 65. Posthumously, “Panther” and “The Lash” are published.
May 22, 1967
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