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Langston Hughes (Poet)

langston hughes poet


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes


Langston Hughes Middle School was named for a prolific writer of the twentieth century, Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes wrote several volumes of poetry, short stories, dramas, a Broadway play and two autobiographies. He wrote primarily about African-Americans and especially about African-American life in the city. His best known character, Jesse B. Simple, was described in numerous newspaper sketches.

Langston Hughes Middle School opened as Langston Hughes Intermediate School in 1979-1980, but had to share the new South Lakes High School building. When completion of the new Hughes building was delayed in September of 1980, seventh and eight graders went to school from 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. while the high school students used the building from 7:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. In November, Hughes students moved into their own building at 11401 Ridge Heights Road. The new building was dedicated in May 1981.