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Langston Hughes (1902–1967)

The son of teacher Carrie Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes, James Mercer "Langston" Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. His father abandoned the family and left for Cuba, then Mexico, due to enduring racism in the United States. Young Langston was left to be raised by his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas. After her death, he went to live with ... See full bio »

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Black Nativity
Cora Unashamed
Way Down South
Salvation Writer


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 2013 Black Nativity (based on the play by)
 2003 Salvation (Short) (autobiography The Big Sea)
 2000 Cora Unashamed (TV Movie) (short story)
 1980 The Pocketbook (Short) (story)
 1978 Winners (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Journey Together (1978) ... (writer: poem by)
 1977 The Richard Pryor Special? (TV Special) (poem "Harlem Sweeties")
 1976 Thank You, M'am (Short) (story)
 1970 Actor's Choice (TV Series) (various writings - 1 episode)
- Langston Hughes: The People's Poet (1970) ... (various writings)
 1962 Black Nativity (TV Movie) (original story)
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series) (book - 1 episode)
- Simply Heavenly (1959) ... (book)
 1941 The Blood of Jesus (poem "Weary Blues" - uncredited)
 1939 Way Down South (original story and screenplay)
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Other Works:

Stage play: Little Ham-author- premiered at Karamu Theatre ,Cleveland ,Ohio, The play was adapted and became ' Little Ham A Harlem Jazzical' a musical in 2002 opening night New York John Houseman Theater 26-9-2002. The book is by Dan Owens, music by Judy Wodlin, Lyrics by Richard Engquist and Judy Wodlin from a concept by Eric Krebs, ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 7 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | See more »


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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Personal Quote:

I'm laughing to keep from dying. See more »


Pictured on a USA 34¢ commemorative postage stamp in the Black Heritage series, issued 1 February 2002. See more »

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