Langston Hughes: Word Painter

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was a prolific writer, and a primary contributor of my favorite area in history, The Harlem Renaissance. He dared to dream big and follow his passion. Hughes went on to write some of the most profound pieces of Jazz poetry and American Literature to date.

As a writer myself, I am inspired by those who use words to paint a picture. I make a reference to one of my favorite college professors, Mr. Shealer, who said, “The job of a true journalist, is to find the story, and to tell that story well.” Although, Langston Hughes was not a journalist, the principle that Mr. Shealer spoke about I believe is very similar to what Hughes sought to accomplish through his writings. He told the story of African American men and women, in a creative way, and through them, got the attention of the world.

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