By Julia Rochester, Logan Brady, Angela Soriano


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Introduction to the life of Langston HughesThis video shows that what Langston Hughes did is worth learning about. Hopefully this video will encourage everyone to learn about who Langston Hughes really is as a writer and as a person. Without further ado...I Dream A World: The Life and Work of Langston Hughes. Please, ENJOY!!!!!!!-Julia Rochester, Angela Soriano,& Logan Brady

The History of Hughes
Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1st in the year of 1902 (Haugen 15). His parents were divorced so he was always on the move. He would be in New Mexico one day with his father and the next day on a train to his mothers. Langston found inspiration on these train rides that he went on for his poems. Even as a child Langston loved his race and wanted everyone to know it. His literature would reflect how much he loved his heritage, but literature wasn’t the only way that Hughes expressed his opinions about his heritage. Langston Hughes grew up in a community where segregation was present. When he was in his classroom in 7th grade he had a teacher who believed in segregation, so when she assigned seats she separated the white kids and the black kids. She would put the different races in different rows. Langston Hughes thought this was wrong so he created a plan. He printed cards for each black student to put on their desk that read “JIM CROW ROW” (Rhynes 17). Langston was an inspirational child because he knew his race and wasn’t ashamed. Instead he stood up for what he believed in and made sure that everyone knew it.
-Julia Rochester

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Connection to Other Historical Events

Langston Hughes was an incredibly outrageous man. Always fighting for what he believed in and never giving up on the people who needed him the most. Langston Hughes is very similar to Amelia Earhart, both of these historical figures fought against the normal and pursued their dreams. They both had the courage to believe that their "world was only limited by his/her imagination," they were not afraid to try new things even if other people told them they could not do it (Haugen 22). Amelia Earhart did not let anyone stop her on her career track of becoming a pilot, this is become Earhart knew she was born to fly. Just like Langston Hughes did not give anyone the opportunity to put him down. Even though Hughes knew it was a risk writing against segregation he continued to speak his mind, because his dream was to help these people in need gain equality. Both of these extraordinary figures went against the medium and because of their courageous acts they will be remembered in history forever. Langston Hughes will be particularly remembered for the literature he wrote about a perticular cultural event happening during the 1930s. This historical event was also known as the Harlem Renaissance. Ever since he heard about what was going on in New York he wanted to be apart of it. Hughes told his parents he was going to New York for studies, but the main reason for his leave was to go there because “he was more interested in the exciting cultural happenings in Harlem” (Howes 58). Langston Hughes spent his time writing about the what was going on during the Harlem Renaissance. When most people think about the Harlem Renaissance,"the first names that come to mind...are those of writers like Langston Hughes” (Howes 41). Langston Hughes was an important part of history and should always be remembered.
-Logan Brady & Julia Rochester
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Connection to Health And Social Education
Langston Hughes was a very private poet but impacted his society indirectly. Hughes did not let his environment filled with intolerance and negativity impact him as a person. Throughout the hardships of his environment he stayed true to himself and maintained his identity and beliefs. Langston Hughes appreciated the value of beliefs because he “encouraged younger black writers” (Notable, 544). He believed that no matter what race you are or where you came from, a person’s beliefs are always welcomed in this world. Even though people did not want to listen to the words of African Americans, Hughes encouraged these people to speak their mind of hope that someone will listen. Langston Hughes’s poetry influenced change because he helped open the minds of America to see African Americans as brothers than intruders. He may not have made many relationships with people, but when America did not have tolerance with African Americans, “He acted as a father to his people,” Langston Hughes shaped the views of America (McQuade 1).
-Angela Soriano& Logan Brady(for revisions)

Here is a video about Langston Hughes life and career and how it impacted the Harlem Renaissance(By augmentedME)

Here is a poem written by Langston Hughes:
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Let America be America Again


By Langston Hughes

Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love

Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme

That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
(There's never been equality for me,)

(For more poems by Langston Hughes visit this website )

Connection to IB Learner Trait
Langston Hughes was a communicator because through his poems he established a wide range of ideas, feelings, and emotions to everyone as his audience. Through out his life, he wrote poems through the aspect of an African American and an American. Though he was a victim of stereotypes and discrimination, he was willing to make connections and relationships with everyone. He used poetry to express how he felt about himself and his people;"I am the darker brother...I, too, am America"(I, Too 2, 18). Hughes could have also been considered a risk taker. He always followed his beliefs even though he knew he might face discrimination and difficulties. Langston Hughes used his writings to express his ideas of equality and when times were hard and it looked as if nothing would change he never gave up. He let people know that every bad thing leads to a good thing, do not stop fighting for what you believe in. Langston Hughes also had the IB trait of caring. He helped everyone who was effected by segregation by writing about it and educating the public. He gave his people a voice and believed everyone could accomplish their dreams and be equal. He chose to help all of the people who were treated unfairly because of their race or religion. Hughes helped these people understand that everyone deserves to be treated equally and have good things to offer.
-Angela Soriano & Logan Brady

Quotes by Langston Hughes:external image Langston_Hughes.jpg
  • "An artist must be free to choose what he does, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose."
  • "Negroes- Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day- They change their mind."
  • "I will not take 'but' for an answer."
  • "Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow."
  • "Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."
- Logan Brady

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