Little Known Black History Fact: Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes was a literary giant who found fame during the rise of Black art and culture known widely as the Harlem Renaissance. As a leader of that movement, Hughes’ legacy is set, but his work transcends the period.

The legendary poet’s 113th birthday was this past Sunday, prompting many to look back at the brilliance of his career. Hughes was born February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, but he was primarily raised by his grandmother in Lawrence, Kan. Hughes’ lineage includes slaveholder as both paternal great-grandfathers were slave owners. His maternal grandmother was of mixed race, and one of the first women to attend Oberlin College. Hughes’ mother was born to a mixed race abolitionist father.

Hughes’ father left his mother and fled to Mexico shortly after he was born, reportedly tired of the racism he faced in the States. While her son lived with…

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