Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

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James Mercer Langston Hughes was a poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. 

Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that “the negro was in vogue”, which was later paraphrased as “when Harlem was in vogue”.

AWARDS & HONORS: πŸ“š1926: Hughes won the Witter Bynner Undergraduate Poetry Prize.

πŸ“š1935: Hughes was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to travel to Spain and Russia.

πŸ“š1941: Hughes was awarded a fellowship from the Rosenwald Fund.

πŸ“š1943: Lincoln University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.

πŸ“š1954: Hughes won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

πŸ“š1960: the NAACP awarded Hughes the Spingarn Medal for distinguished achievements by an African American.

πŸ“š1961: National Institute of Arts and Letters.

πŸ“š1963: Howard University awarded Hughes an honorary doctorate.

πŸ“š1964: Western Reserve University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.

πŸ“š1973: the first Langston Hughes Medal was awarded by the City College of New York.

πŸ“š1979: Langston Hughes Middle School was created in Reston, Virginia.

πŸ“š1981: New York City Landmark status was given to the Harlem home of Langston Hughes at 20 East 127th Street by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and 127th Street was renamed Langston Hughes Place.

πŸ“šThe Langston Hughes House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

πŸ“š2002: The United States Postal Service added the image of Langston Hughes to its Black Heritage series of postage stamps.

πŸ“š2002: scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Langston Hughes on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.

πŸ“š2015: Google Doodle commemorated his 113th birthday.

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