Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: Langston Hughes—The Prophetic Poetic Voice of the Black Experience. For many folks Langston Hughes is THE great African American Poet. Certainly he was a break out star who won wide audiences among both Blacks and Whites with gritty yet lyrical poems that unflinchingly cast a light on the Black experience—and his personal experience—in America. In doing so he opened the doors for others. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902.
In 1925 Langston Hughes was working as a busboy at Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. He took the job to support himself while writing. By this time, "Weary Blues" and other poems had already been published in magazines and newspapers.
Langston Hughes (American) poet,social activist, novelist, play write and columnist Part of the Harlem Renaissance Movement He portrayed the real ives of blacks in the lower social economic strata. He coined the term "Black Is Beautiful" writing like The Weary Blues and his manifesto The Negro Artist and Racial Mountain. Also his collection of Stories, The Ways of White Folks.