James Mercer Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Events

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.”

1924

After getting “The Weary Blues” published by Alred Knopf, Hughes enrolls in Lincoln University.

1926

Hughes publishes his novel “Not Without Laughter,” and the poem “The Dream Keeper” a year after getting his bachelor’s degree.

1930

While racism plagued the United States, Hughes publishes a collection of short stories titled “The Ways of White Folks."

1934

As a correspondent of various African-American newspapers, Hughes travels to spain.

1937

After establishing a theatre troupe in Los Angeles, Hughes writes his autobiography, “The Big Sea."

1941

He spent 3 months at the integrated University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as a “Visiting Lecturer of Poetry.”

1949

Hughes publishes a collection of poetry called “Montage of a Dream Deferred.”

1951

Hughes publishes “I Wonder as I Wonder,” his second autobiography.

1956

Hughes was inducted into the National Institute of Arts and Letters and publishes “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz,” a collection of poetry.

1961

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