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Throughout African-American history, there has been a large numberof influential figures, particularly through literature. These figures remained strong through the struggles and tough times, and was responsible for influencing the hope of many others during their everyday battles as African-Americans. Among these figures are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Martin Luther King Jr., made speeches to end segregation, Rosa Parks stood up for her rights as she stayed seated in her seat on a bus, Maya Angelou wrote poems about how beautiful black women are and their strength. Langston Hughes, however, was the most influential leader of them all. He was a leader during the Harlem Renaissance, a leader through his literature, and through his independent thinking in real life situations.
On February 1st, 1902, a leader was born. James Mercer ‘Langston Hughes’ was the second of five children and the second child for James Nathaniel Hughes and Caroline Mercer Langston. Soon after his birth, his parents faced many marital differences, which eventually led to their separation.As a result of the separation, his father left the United States and Hughes grew up with little to no contact with his father until his mid-teens and was forced to adjust around different living conditions. Hughes has no permanent place to call home as his mother often traveled, trying to obtain a stable job. The majority of his time and childhood was spent with his grandmother, Mary Patterson Langston.
His grandmother was a major influence to his career in literature. After she passed away he went on to live with family friends, James and Mary Reed until he reunited with his mother and her husband. When Hughes started to attend high school, he began to write. He went on to be elected class poet by his teacher. He also wrote for the school newspaper, wrote plays,...

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