One of the most well-known black poets of the Harlem Renaissance was Langston Hughes. He founded theatres, taught at universities, was a significant contributor to the Harlem Renaissance, and published his first poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” to wide acclaim. He also won numerous prestigious literary awards for his poetry, plays, short stories, and novels.
On February 1st, 1902, Langston Hughes was born. His first significant poetry was released in 1921, not long after he received his high school diploma, in the well-known African-American magazine “Crisis.” In 1925, he went on to earn first place for his poem “The Weary Blues” in a literary competition sponsored by another magazine.
In 1926, Hughes released his debut collection of poetry, which was praised for its mix of jazz rhythms and black themes. Later, he published a number of other popular poetry, drama, and short story collections.
His debut novel, “Not Without Laughter,” which was published in 1930, earned him the Harmon gold prize for literature. Hughes received honorary doctorates of letters from Lincoln University in 1943, a Rosenwald Fellowship in 1941, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1935.
Hughes was chosen to join the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1946. In addition, he received the Springarn Medal in 1960 and the Ansfield-Wolf Book Award in 1954 for excellent achievement by a black American. Hughes opened theatres in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles in addition to teaching at Atlanta University and the University of Chicago. 1967 saw his passing.