Lanston Hughes born in february 1, of 1092 Missouri. James Langston Hughes was a member of an abolitionist family. He was the great-great-grandson of Charles Henry Langston, brother of John Mercer Langston, who was the first Black American to be elected to public office, in 1855. Hughes attended Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio, but began writing poetry in the eighth grade, and was selected as Class Poet. His father didn’t think he would be able to make a living at writing, and encouraged him to pursue a more practical career. His first published poem was also one of his most famous, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, and it appeared in Brownie’s Book. Later, his poems, short plays, essays and short stories appeared in the NAACP publication Crisis Magazine and in Opportunity Magazine and other publications.One of Hughes’ finest essays appeared in the Nation in 1926, entitled “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”. It spoke of Black writers and poets, “who would surrender racial pride in the name of a false integration,” where a talented Black writer would prefer to be considered a poet, not a Black poet, which to Hughes meant he subconsciously wanted to write like a white poet. Hughes argued, “no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself.” He wrote in this essay, “We younger Negro artists now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased we are glad. If they aren’t, it doesn’t matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too… If colored people are pleased we are glad. If they are not, their displeasure doesn’t matter either. We build our temples for tomorrow, as strong as we know how and we stand on the top of the mountain, free within ourselves.”
My People n 1922
Loud laughter in the hands of fate-
Nurses of babies,
Loaders of ships,
Comedians in vaudeville
And band-men in circuses-
God ! What dancers !
God ! What singers !
Singers and dancers
Dancers and laughers.
Yes, laughers. . . laughers . . . laughers-
Loud- mouthed laughers in the hands
The poem my people of Langston Hughes talk about the black society in the America and their works . This poem talk how the black people work , dream and fight to be happy in a society full of discrimination and injustice.
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Literature : Part 2 Poetry pag. 974-975 X.J. Kennedy ,Dana Gioia eleventh edition