"Selected Poems of Langston Hughes"
During the 1920's and 1930's a cultural explosion occurred in the African-American community of Harlem. Novels, plays, music and poetry all emerged out of the Harlem Renaissance documenting the plight of Black Americans and redefining Black identity. One of the most famous names to come out of this movement is Langston Hughes. James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in 1902, an African American descended from relationships between slave owners and slaves. He grew up in an educated, politically inclined family that instilled in him a strong sense of racial pride and activism. In his twenties he began to write poetry that expressed the attitudes and difficulties of Blacks in America. He wrote to uplift his fellow people and to preserve their experiences. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes is a collection of poems that Hughes himself felt were important for preservation and includes unpublished material. First published in 1959, this collection addresses racism,