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FC: Langston Hughes | Great American Poet! | capturing hearts | Harlem's Poet Harlems Poet

1: Langston Hughes Janelle Kothe May 8,2009 Room 142

2: Langston Hughes "Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that can not fly... hold fast to dreams for if dreams go live is a barren cornfeild covered in snow." by Langston Hughes

3: This is one of Langston Hughes' most famous poems called "Dreams".

4: Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1,1902.He was born into a family of wealthy book keepers. When Langston was still very young, Racisim tore his family apart and stomped on the peices.

5: His father was furious. He couldn't become a Lawyer because he was a black man. They said, "nobody wanted a black man to defend them in trial!" So he left Langston and his mother and went to Mexico. After his buisness was going smoothly Langston's dad invited him and his mother to live with him in Mexico. Shortly after they arrived in Mexico there was a devastating earthquake which led Langston's mother believe that Mexico was not a safe place to raise Langston. So she took him back to America. The three of them never lived as a family ever again. However Langston did live with him for a summer in his high school years.

6: Somtimes Langston's mother couldn't pay the rent. So he went to his grandmother's until he was 12. Then his grandma died.He went to foster parents until his mom took him back. By then she had remarried.

7: later in life

8: When Langston was in elementary school he was the only black student in his class so he made friends in books.

9: Langston attended Columbia University from 1921-1922. He got his B.A from Lincoln University. He never had a stable job, he bounced around.

10: Some of his jobs were as a Laundry boy,an assistant cook,a busboy, and a seaman. But he was mostly remembered for his hartfelt poetry. He was nicknamed "Harlem's Poet" because his poem's exquisite details made you feel like you were in Harlem yourself.

11: Legacy

12: Langston died in 1967. When he died he had written 10 poetry books, 60 short stories, 2 books about his life,childrens books, and plays | life, childrens books and plays. | Langston Hughes was a great African American poet. He should be admired because he did his job and did what he loved and that is real success.

13: Works Cited Gates and West, Henry and Cornal. The African American Century. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000. “Langston Hughes.” SIRS Discover 18 Apr. 2009: 1_3. SIRS Discoverer. ProQuest. Keiser-Fearen LMC, Harrisburg, PA. 26 Mar. 2009 . Mckay, Nellie. “Langston Hughes.” World Book Student. World Book. 26 Mar. 2009 . Mckissack, Patrica and Fredrick. Langsto Hughes Great American Poet. Berkeley Heights ,New Jersey: Enslow publishers Inc., 2002.

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