Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was born in the Midwest. He spent a year at Columbia University and then worked on tramp steamships in Africa and Europe. After finishing college at Lincoln University, he traveled to Cuba, Haiti and Russia. A participant in the Harlem Renaissance, he was good friends with Countee Cullen and Zora Neale Hurston. In the 1920s, Hughes worked for Carter Woodson in Washington, D.C.  In celebration of Black History Month and Hughes' February birthday, Petworth Library has a display of books about Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, including:

Big Sea: An Autobiography


Big Sea: An Autobiography



Langston Hughes, American Poet  Langston Hughes, American Poet



 Art and Imagination of Langston Hughes


Art and Imagination of Langston Hughes


 
Collected Poems of Langston Hughes   Collected Poems of Langston Hughes