Study Guide

Langston Hughes Childhood

Childhood

Langston Hughes was born 1 February 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, the son of James Nathaniel Hughes and Caroline Mercer Langston. In a memoir, Hughes lamented, "unfortunately, I am not black"—meaning of 100% African heritage—but rather "brown," or of mixed race.blank">National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Langston Hughes's poetry career had begun.

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