MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Langston Hughes June 1958 on the steps in front of his house in Harlem.

Langston Hughes wrote poems, plays, operas, short stories, children’s books, and more. And when he wasn’t writing, he lectured. Hughes was a major force behind the Harlem Renaissance.

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