Langston, Charles Henry (1817-1892) Charles Henry Langston, the grandfather of poet Langston Hughes, was born a free man on a Virginia plantation in 1817 to Captain Ralph Quarles and Lucy Jane Langston, Quarles� mulatto slave. He had two brothers, John Mercer (who would become a Virginia Congressman in 1888) and Gideon. After the death of his father in 1834, Charles inherited a large part of his father�s estate, and he went to be educated at Oberlin College in 1842 and 1843.
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.
Langston Hughes, a Harlem Renaissance poet, helped pave the way for African American writers to be heard in the 1900's with his first published book "The Weary Blues" which was published in 1926. This was yet another way that Modernist literature was creating a new atmosphere in American Society.
let the rain kiss you...let it sing you to sleep langston hughes I remember staying at Trinity College in Dublin and looking at the lit library, hearing the rain on the cobblestones and listening to the soft breathing of my child asleep.