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Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.

He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue".

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Collected poems, yes.

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"I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go." - Langston Hughes

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That's called years of white flight and dilapidated housing.

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So poetic, Mr. Poet.

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A drawing of Langston.

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Langston Hughes on a stamp. I'm glad he was honored.

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An art deco Langston Hughes.

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The iconic Langston Hughes photo.

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Mr. Hughes preaching truth.

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