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Langston Hughes: What Happens To A Dream Deferred?

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Langston Hughes
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go. -Langston Hughes” Hughes was an amazing man in his lifetime. He taught us all the true potential of African Americans and the skill that they possess. “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode” - Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. His parents got divorced when he was a young child. Then a little while later, his father moved to Mexico. He lived with his grandmother until he was thirteen, then he moved to Lincoln Illinois with his mother. He went to Columbia University in New York City. During this time, he had many odd jobs such as assistant cook, launderer, and a busboy. He also traveled to Africa and Europe as a seaman. In November of 1924, he moved to Washington, D. C., where Hughes’s first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1926. Then, three years later, he finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or
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He was a Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist. His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Without Langston Hughes, America might not know as much about poetry as we do today. He brought out the good of us to see blacks of whom they truly are. “I've known rivers; I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its
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