Life of Langston Hughes

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Living years

Lifetime

1902 - 1967

Primary Residence

Joplin, Missouri

1902 - 1903

Lawrence, Kansas

1903 - 1914

Lincoln, Illinois

1915 - 1920

Mexico

1920 - 1921

Columbia University, New York

1921 - 1922

Naval Ship (Africa, Spain, France)

1923 - 1924

Washington, D.C

1924 - 1926

New York City, NY

1929 - 1967

Notable Literary Points

Publishes his first poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" in the magazine The Crisis

1921

Met poet Vachel Lindsay- impressed with his work, he promotes Langston's poetry

1925

Wins 1st prize in Opportunity magazine's literary contest with "The Weary Blues"

1925

Publishes his first poetry collection, "The Weary Blues"

1926

Publishes his first book, "Not Without Laughter"

1929

Graduates from Lincoln University

1929

One of Hughes's most famous plays, "Black Nativity" debuts

1961

Howard University awards him an honorary doctorate

1963

The first Langston Hughes Medal is awarded

1973