Today in History–February 1–the Library of Congress features writer and poet Langston Hughes, born on this date in 1902. Famous for his illuminating and moving depictions of African American life, Hughes was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement. Learn more about this treasured American author by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories, primary sources, and teaching and learning resources.
- Langston Hughes stories from America’s Library
- Langston Hughes and His Poetry: webcast with transcript
- Langston Hughes images
- “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” sheet music
- “Ballad of Booker T.” by Langston Hughes
- Learning from the Source: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
- Learning from the Source: Ballad of Booker T.
- The Power of Pairing Poems: Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes From the Catbird Seat blog March 23, 2016
- Primary Source Investigation – Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance