An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
-Mohandas Ghandi

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.
-Fred Brooks

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
-Wayne Dyer

If I despised myself, it would be no compensation if everyone saluted me, and if I respect myself, it does not trouble me if others hold me lightly.
-Max Nordau

Anger as soon as fed is dead--
'tis starving makes it fat.
-Emily Dickinson

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Visual Representation of Audrey.

"I stay cool, and dig all jive, That's why I stay alive. My motto, as I live and learn, is dig and be dug in return." -Langston Hughes


The early 1900’s were not a happy time for the poor. You knew that the sad, monotonous, back breaking job you held would be your occupation till death, and there was no hope for a better life. Luckily for them, they got Langston Hughes in exchange for their misfortune. Born in 1902 Hughes started life in a hard time, and continued in that fashion for many years. He saw the Roaring Twenties come and go, the Great Depression take its toll, World War II, and the life changing events that rocked our country well into the 60’s. Langston Hughes was one who was inspired by the hardships of life and told the story of a poor, difficult life in Harlem for the world to hear. He stood for a greater peace, both peace between races and peace within one’s self.
Langston Hughes was born in Missouri but lived in six different American towns throughout his childhood. His parents divorced and his father moved away, forcing him to live with his grandmother for 13 years. It wasn’t until he moved to Illinois with his mother that he discovered his love for literature. He was particularly fond of poetry, and very talented in writing. After holding a series of odd jobs in seven different countries, such as a seaman, truck driver, farmer, cook, and doorman, he settled in Washington D.C. This is where he published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues.
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s began by the large amount of African American writers emerging on the literary scene. Langston Hughes was a leader in the movement, and later a legend for it. His poetry, stories, and plays depicted real life for the black citizen living in Harlem and were incredibly influenced by the new Jazz culture. Many African Americans did not like Langston Hughes’ works, and criticized him heavily. They believed that writings about black people should be positive and show them in their best light. Any attention from the white and educated was supposed to be good, proving stereotypes wrong. Instead, Langston wrote honestly about what he saw in real life, no matter how disparaging. On the other hand white people loved his work. It gave them a window into a culture that they never saw and an understanding of another way of life.
Langston Hughes died from complications due to prostate cancer in 1967, but his words of racial tolerance and self acceptance still ring true to many today. A legend in the writing world and a legend in history, everyone could learn something from Langston Hughes.

This is a first draft of Langston Hughes' "Ballad of Booker T."

Complete Biography of Langston Hughes
Poem Annotations