LANGSTON HUGHES By: Nicole Anderson, Randi Huston, Kathryn Grimes, Sam Larson
Childhood He was born Feb.1st in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced and lived with his grandmother until he was 13 he grew up mostly in Lawrence, Kansas then moved to Lincoln, Illinois to live with his mother and her new husband.
Jobs and Education Schooling: He went to Columbia University but left after a year because he felt unhappy. He went to Lincoln University in Oxford Pa. on a scholarship and get his B.A degree in 1929. Jobs: Assistant cook, Launderer, Bus Boy, Sea Man, Children's Author, Journalist, Dramatist, and most importantly a Poet.
Poetry Langston Hughes poetry style was jazz. He impacted the Harlem Renaissance by voicing his concerns about social justice through poetry, novels, plays, and essays. Some of his inspirations and influences are Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman.
The Ballad of Booker T. Backstory Hughes defended African American activists. In 1941 he wrote a poem called Ballad of Booker T., Langston Hughes defends Booker T. Washington a farmer slave and more conservative advocate for equality.
Ballad of Booker T. Poem Booker T Compromise in his talk- Was a practical man. For a man must crawl He said , Till the soil, Before he can walk- Let down your bucket And in Alabama in’85 Where you are. A joker was lucky Your fate is here To be alive. To help yourself. But Booker T. And not afar Was nobody’s fool: And your fellow man, You may carve a dream Train your head, With a humble tool. Your heart, and your head. The tallest tower For smartness alone Can tumble down Surely not meet- If it be not rooted If you haven’t at the same time In solid ground, Got something to eat. So, being a far-seeing Thus at Tuskgee Practical man, He built a school He said, Train your head, With book-learning there Your heart, and your head And the workman’s tool, Your fate is here He started out And not afar, In simple way- S o let down your bucket Was not today, Where you are. Sometimes he had