Anniversary of Langston Hughes' Birth

Langston Hughes, the American poet and seminal contributor to the Harlem Renaissance movement of the 1920s, was born today, February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. We begin Black History Month by commemorating his birth, life's work, and legacy.

For introductory biography and bibliography, please see entries at The Poetry Foundation and And there are a number of avenues for hearing Hughes read his own poetry; a few of the circulating clips are gathered here by Open Culture.

For further research purposes, it should be noted that The Langston Hughes Papers are held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University.