Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes

Renaissance means
Rebirth

When
After WWI, there was a surge of African Americans relocating form the south to New York

Harlem is…
A predominantly African American neighborhood in New York City

Was the center of…
African American cultural rebirth

Showcased
African American’s talents in art, music, literature, and theater

Black Pride
The renaissance movement extended beyond Harlem to the rest of the country

Langston Hughes
A highly influential writer; with plays, essays. music, children’s books, and poetry, he promoted equality and rejected prejudice, whose works still influence literature today

Birthday
February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri

Parents
James Nathaniel Hughes and Carrie Mercer Lanston

Full name
James Mercer Langston Hughes

Parents divorce
In 1904 when he was 2

He moved in with his grandma
In 1907 when he was 5

He moved to Lincoln, Illinois
To live with his mother and her new husband in 1914 when he was 12

After high school
In 1920 when he was 18, he moved to Mexico to live with his dad for a little while, then travelled on freighters between Europe and Africa

Settled in Harlem, New York
In 1924 when he was 22 where he was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance

Jazz clubs.?.?.?.
Often sat in them and listened to blues music while writing his poetry

Died on
May 22, 1967 at the age of 65

Was a…
PROLIFIC writer, which means he produced a lot of works (fiction books, poetry, anthologies, musicals, plays, etc.)