To celebrate National Poetry Month, we explore the contributions of Langston Hughes, one of the most visible writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes’ work ranged from novels to plays, but his most widely appreciated pieces were his poems. After dropping out of Columbia University in 1922, he began to spend every waking moment in Harlem, supporting himself with odd jobs and writing. His writing reflected the idea that black culture should be celebrated because of its value to the fabric of America and the world. Today, Hughes is recognized as one of the towering figures of American literature whose accessible poetry challenges us to explore the power of diversity to create unity.
Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.