"The People's Poet"
Langston Hughes played a crucial role in shaping the Harlam Renaissance, which was the African American Artistic movement in the 1920’s. He greatly contributed to American Literature by leaving us a large body of poetic work, eleven plays, and an extravagant amount of prose. His philosophies, which he commonly expressed in his literary work, impressed and influenced general thinking that black people were lower and had no sophisticated, civilized culture. He gained admiration, adulation, and acknowledgement from black and white people alike. His creative genius was influenced by his life in New York City’s primarily African American neighborhood, Harlem. He claimed Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandberg, and Walt Whitman as his primary inluences.
Langson Hughes was one of the most essential writers and philosophers of the Harlem Renaissance. His literary works helped shape American literature and politics. His poetry, novels, essays and children’s books promoted equality, and
were against prejudice and injustice. He celebrated African American culture, humor, and spirituality. His influential factors greatly affected his writing style, ideas, and topics. He was truly a talented, unique, master poet and author. His talent and passion brought him success and recognition. Hughes died on May 22, 1967, from complications from abdominal surgery related to prostate cancer at the age of