Name: Langston Hughes
Basics: One of the greatest poets of the 20th century hands down. He wrote countless works of poetry, prose and plays throughout his life. After spending some time in Mexico, he became a part of the roaring literary movement known as The Harlem Renaissance. He was among the first to incorporate jazz rhythms and dialect into poetry. Langston lived a global life and brought the issues facing urban blacks at the time to a global stage.
Why I Chose Him: Along with Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes is one of my personal heroes when it comes to writing and just life period. Langston Hughes is another symbol of what we can achieve despite diversity. His accomplishments are many and he was never afraid to take on life. I think there’s a certain character and courage to this man that should inspire us. He wrote with complete honesty about race in a time when such honesty could very well get you killed.