His First Volume Of Poetry, The Weary Blues, Was Published In 1926 And His First Book Of Short Stories, The Ways Of White Folks, In 1934.
Hughes' Novels, Poetry, Plays And Short Stories Were Central To The Transition Of Black Writing From "The Plantation Tradition" To Contemporary, Urbane Forms Which Promoted Race Pride.
In 1960 Langston Hughes Received The NAACP's Spingarn Medal, At Which Time He Was Dubbed, The "Poet Laureate Of The Negro Race," Hughes Is Also Considered One Of The Most Important American Writers Of The 20th Century.
The Following Poem Can be Interpreted As An Inversion Of The Golden Rule And As A Creed For Survival. It Is Also One Of My Personal Favorites:
By Langston Hughes
I play it cool
And dig all jive
That's the reason
I stay alive
As I live and learn
Dig And Be Dug
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr.