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February 1, 1901 – Langston Hughes, American poet & road trip pioneer, is born
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February 1, 1901 – Langston Hughes, American poet & road trip pioneer, is born

Poet Langston Hughes in Harlem. (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Poetry Foundation) Born in Missouri on this day in 1901, Langston Hughes would grow up to be a prominent poet, novelist, activist and an important social figure of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. What he wasn’t known for, was his driving skills, which were apparently non-existent. Despite this, writer and cultural archivist Zora Neale Hurston had no qualms inviting Hughes to join her on an epic road trip of great importance in 1927. Hughes had just jumped off the train in Mobile, Alabama after a stint in New Orleans when he had a chance encounter with Hurston. Though he had recently finished a speaking engagement, his pockets were more or less empty but his spirit remained fu...

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