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American writer and social activist

Langston Hughes is ...

Born 1 Feb 1902 in Joplin
Died 22 May 1967 in New York City
Age65 years, 3 months
Causeprostate cancer
Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1936.

About Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue".

He is also known as James Langston Hughes and James Mercer Langston Hughes.


On May 22, 1967, Hughes died in New York City at the age of 65 from complications after abdominal surgery related to prostate cancer. His ashes are interred beneath a floor medallion in the middle of the foyer in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. It is the entrance to an auditorium named for him. The design on the floor is an African cosmogram entitled Rivers. The title is taken from his poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers". Within the center of the cosmogram is the line: "My soul has grown deep like the rivers".


Langston Hughes has worked on the following films: