James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, second child of Carrie Langston Hughes and James Hughes
January 1,1903 - JAnuary 1,1907
His parents separated and Langston Hughes move home repeatedly staying with relatives and friends
Life with Grandmother
January 1,1907 - January 1, 1915
Hughes lived with his grandmother, Mary Sampson Patterson Leary Langston, in Lawrence, Kansas, and briefly with his mother in Topeka, Kansas.
Life with Mom
January 1, 1915 - June 16, 1920
During this period he lives with his mother in Lincoln, Illinois, and in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended high school where he graduated on June 16, 1920
Moved with Dad
June 17, 1920 - November 1,1921
Langston Hughes lives with his father in Toluca, Mexico
January 1, 1924 - October 31, 1924
Langston enrolls at Columbia University in September study engineering as agreed with his father but becomes involved with writers in Harlem and publishes "The Negro Speaks of Rivers". He drops out of Columbia University travels to Africa, Holland, and Paris.
Returned to the U.S
November 1, 1924
In November 1924, Hughes returned to the U. S. to live with his mother in Washington, D.C.
Hughes wins the Opportunity Magazine poetry contest for "The Weary Blues"
Published at last
The Weary Blues is published by Alfred Knopf and Hughes enrolls in Lincoln University, a HBCU in Chester County, Pennsylvania
December 12, 1927
Hughes second book of poems, Fine Clothes to the Jew, is published by Alfred Knopf
December 20, 1929
Hughes receives a B.A. degree from Lincoln University
January 6, 1930 - February 9, 1935
Hughes publishes his novel, Not Without Laughter, The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
The Ways of White Folks, a collection of short stories, is published
Hughes's play, "Mulatto," opens on Broadway
Fame in Politics
He goes to the Soviet Union to make a film depicting the plight of many blacks living in the United States
Travels to Spain
March 3, 1937
-Langston Hughes travels to Spain as a correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American and other various African American newspapers
April 5, 1941
Hughes establishes his theatre troupe in Los Angeles and publishes The Big Sea, his first autobiography
Started Writing Columns
April 20, 1943
Hughes begins writing columns for the Chicago Defender.
Years at Chicago university
May 18, 1949
He spent three months at the integrated University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as a "Visiting Lecturer on Poetry"
Simply speaking his mind about his poetry
May 20, 1950 - June 15, 1951
Simple Speaks His Mind, a collection of short fiction, is published.
Hughes publishes Montage of a Dream Deferred, a collection of poetry.
Second book made successful
August 12, 1956
I Wonder As I Wander, Hughes's second autobiography, is published.
Award from NAACP!
September 30, 1960
The NAACP awards Langston Hughes the Spingarn Medal for distinguished achievements by an African American
He was * Inducted*
October 16, 1961
Hughes was inducted into the National Institute of Arts and Letters and publishes Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz, a collection of poetry
May 22, 1967
Hughes Died May 22, 1967 (aged 65) in New York, United States
Hughes' Panther and the Lash was posthumously published
Accomplishments after death
June 25, 1973
The first Langston Hughes Medal was awarded by the City College of New York.