The Negro Speaks of Rivers By Langston Hughes
James Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was an African-American poet, novelist, playwright.
He died of cancer.
He began writing poetry in the eighth grade, and was selected as Class Poet.
His father didn't think he would be able to make a living at writing, and encouraged him to pursue a more practical career.
His first published poem was also one of his most famous, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", and it appeared in Brownie's Book.
He devoted his life to writing and lecturing.
He wrote The Negro Speaks of Rivers when he was 18 years old.
About the Poem
The poem was first written on the train to Mexico near the Mississippi river.
Hughes first wrote it on the back of a letter he got from his father.
The time and place were what inspired Hughes to write the poem.
The poem was inspired by the sunset and how the mud by the river turned to gold.
The poem speaks about the black people’s history through-out the life of mankind.
By: May Salem Farraj