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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

James Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

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: George & others,

: An FYI on C. Langston from my previous post on the AA Newspaper.

: Is this Charles Langston from Chillicothe, OH an ancestor of John Mercer Langston & Langston Hughes?

: Art Thomas
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Me again.....Yes, this is the same Langston family, Charles and John Mercer also had a brother, Gideon.

JAMES LANGSTON HUGHES
Born in Joplin, 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. He paid his son's tuition to Columbia University on the grounds he study engineering. After a short time, Langston dropped out of the program with a B+ average; all the while he continued writing poetry. 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.


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