Langston Hughes : The Face Of Harlem Literacy

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The Face of Harlem Literacy
James Mercer Hughes, most commonly known as Langston Hughes, was a notorious writer during the Harlem Renaissance period. The Harlem Renaissance is considered a cultural explosion of African American cultures during the 1920’s. Hughes was an important figure and supporter during the Harlem Renaissance era. Through Hughes literature and activism during the 1920’s he created a positive change within the black community.
The Harlem Renaissance coincided with the Roaring Twenties. The Roaring Twenties was also during the 1920’s after World War 1. This time frame is referred to as a time of economic booming. The economy received a large boost because the United States was one of the few countries that was
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In his essay “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” he expresses his ideas on the black artist.
Langston Hughes was brought up by his grandmother, Mary Langston, in Joplin, Missouri where he was born on February 1st, 1902. (Leach 1) His father had moved to Mexico after he and his mother had separated. His mother often moved from city to city looking for work to support her young son and mother. (Leach 2) After his grandmother passed in his teens, he stayed with his mother until he graduated high school, then he went to stay with his father. (Leach 3). After he came back to the United States he attended Columbia University. After Columbia, he travelled to Spain, Africa, and Paris. Throughout his time traveling, Hughes was publishing his poetry; his first poem was published in 1921, and his first book in 1926 (Leach xvi).
Hughes was a very influential figure in relation to the cultural blossoming of black culture during the 1920’s. In many ways he shaped the way black artist presented themselves and how they were perceived (Leach 36). He was notorious for writing on topics that made others feel uncomfortable. He was very vocal about the hypocrisy surrounding the Harlem Renaissance. One of his most famous works of literature was “When the Negro Was in Vogue” where he points out white Americans for loving black culture, but not black people. He spoke out about white people who would use black culture to

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