Langston Hughes was the author of the poem "Harlem." Hughes was a poet, novelist, social activist, columnist, essayist and playwright. He was considered the leader of the Harlem Renaissance.
Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, and he passed away on May 22, 1967. He was of mixed ethnicity, including African American, White American and Native American. Hughes graduated from high school in 1920, and he attended Columbia University for a year. He traveled around the world, including Africa, Spain and France, where he developed his poetry. In 1925, he met the American poet Vachel Lindsay, who liked Hughes poetry and helped to promote it. Some his famous poems include "The Weary Blues," "Fine Clothes to the Jew" and "The Ways of White Folks."