• “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