Langston Hughes: Poems

Honors and awards


  • 1926: Hughes won the Witter Bynner Undergraduate Poetry Prize.
  • 1935: Hughes was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to travel to Spain and Russia.
  • 1941: Hughes was awarded a fellowship from the Rosenwald Fund.
  • 1943: Lincoln University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.
  • 1954: Hughes won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
  • 1960: the NAACP awarded Hughes the Spingarn Medal for distinguished achievements by an African American.
  • 1961: National Institute of Arts and Letters.[96]
  • 1963: Howard University awarded Hughes an honorary doctorate.
  • 1964: Western Reserve University awarded Hughes an honorary Litt.D.


  • 1973: the first Langston Hughes Medal was awarded by the City College of New York.
  • 1979: Langston Hughes Middle School was created in Reston, Virginia.
  • 1981: New York City Landmark status was given to the Harlem home of Langston Hughes at 20 East 127th Street (40°48′26.32″N 73°56′25.54″W / 40.8073111°N 73.9404278°W / 40.8073111; -73.9404278) by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and 127th Street was renamed "Langston Hughes Place".[97] The Langston Hughes House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[98]
  • 2002: The United States Postal Service added the image of Langston Hughes to its Black Heritage series of postage stamps.
  • 2002: scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Langston Hughes on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.[99]
  • 2009: Langston Hughes High School was created in Fairburn, Georgia.
  • 2012: inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.[100]
  • 2015: Google Doodle commemorated his 113th birthday.[101]

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