Langston Hughes - Biography of an American Poet
by Janae Ast
There were several key figures operating in the 1940s and 1950s leading to the evolution and revolution of the African-American ideologies, which culminated to the African-American Civil Rights Movement in 1955. Prominent figures of the movement were Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks. Prior to that and on the same spectrum of the African-American rights' revival was the Harlem Renaissance, spanning the 1920s and 1930s.
One of the key players who led to the development and augmentation of the Harlem Renaissance was Langston Hughes. He was an African-American writer, novelist, poet, and social activist whose writings affected black Americans; male and female; young and old.
While relatively short this is a fascinating read into the life, times and work of Langston Hughes.
- Janae Ast, September 2012
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