Langston Hughes, a Harlem Renaissance poet, helped pave the way for African American writers to be heard in the 1900's with his first published book "The Weary Blues" which was published in 1926. This was yet another way that Modernist literature was creating a new atmosphere in American Society.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a poet, social activist, and playwright. He known for his “jazz poetry” and was very active in the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes’ work showcased black in small towns and a love to black man (and women). Hughes best known novels were Without Laughter (1930) and The Ways of White Folks (1934). His poetry collections include “The Weary Blues” (1926) and “Montage of a Dream Deferred” (1951). His most popular poems were A Dream Deferred and I, Too.
"I am a bit obsessed with this awesome picture. It’s Hilda Simms, Langston Hughes (bottom right) and actor Canada Lee (center in white shirt) at a party with other artists around 1944." - Vintage Black Glamour. Photo by George Karger/Pix Inc./Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.