James Mercer Langston Hughes was an African American poet and author born on February 1, 1901, in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes’s first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1926. He is particularly known for his insightful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties.

Langston Hughes, “Mother to Son” from The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. Copyright © 2002 by Langston Hughes and is available in public domain.

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