History, Literature, Civil Rights
Langston Hughes was one of 20th century America's greatest writers as is regarded as one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes made his published debut in the NAACP magazine The Crisis, with his signature poem: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers". Hughes took great pride in his heritage, and the legacy of African Americans, saying that "My seeking has been to explain and illuminate the Negro condition in America and obliquely that of all human kind,". He stressed racial conscience and shared culture, devoid of self-hate. Hughes' ashes are interred in the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, a research library of the New York Public Library.