Happy birthday, Langston Hughes, 113 today and a Google doodle

February 1, 2015

American poet Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri.

American poet Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. poets.org image

Langston Hughes’s birthday kicks off Black Heritage Month, a month many academic and history organizations dedicate to emphasizing the history of Africans in the U.S. in an attempt to offset the historical slighting of those stories.

Google’s doodle is dedicated to Hughes today — and a lot of people offered birthday wishes, a very interesting mix of people.

Which is your favorite verse from Mr. Hughes?

 

And on Twitter, a lot of thought.

Langston Hughes himself seems to be on Twitter:

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