Langston Hughes

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Noun1.Langston Hughes - United States writer (1902-1967)
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In 1926, in the pages of The Nation, Langston Hughs proclaimed his manifesto, "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain." Black Americans had an identity, a spirit, a perspective on life, a culture, an idiom, which was articulated in their speech and music (the blues more than spirituals) and it was the responsibility of black writers to craft their art from that medium.
With blues as your muse you "expect to be down even when you're on top of thin .In February 1941 when Arnold Rampersad takes up the second part of his comprehensive study of Langston Hughes, the poet was certainly down in every way.
The abiding and indestructible self, however, is not Langston Hughes but the spirit and soul of black folks, which he assumes as a persona.