Today In Black History: Happy Birthday Langston Hughes!

Langston Hughes was born today in 1902. He was a novelist, poet, playwriter and columnist who rose to fame during the Harlem Rennaisance era (1920s and ’30s). He was one of the innovators of jazz poetry, poetry that often demonstrated a jazz-like rhythm or had the feel of improv.

Rappers and writers today can thank Mr. Hughes for his contribution to American culture. He would have been 109.

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