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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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 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)
 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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 1992 Zebrahead (lyrics: "Crossing")
 1943 Stormy Weather (lyrics: "African Dance" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 Way Down South (lyrics: "Good Ground" (1939), "Louisiana" (1939)) / (music: "Good Ground" (1939), "Louisiana" (1939))
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 1994 Street Scene (TV Movie) (lyrics by)
 1979 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (lyrics by - 1 episode)
- New York City Opera: Street Scene (1979) ... (lyrics by)
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series) (lyricist - 1 episode)
- Simply Heavenly (1959) ... (lyricist)
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 1964 Freedom Spectacular (TV Movie)
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 1989 Looking for Langston

Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "Black Nativity," was performed in Chicago, Illinois with Alex Bradford and Marion Williams in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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Personal Quote:

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken bird that cannot fly. 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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