The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is arguably the most celebrated African American writer of the Harlem Renaissance. In July 1920, The Brownies’ Book printed notice of Hughes’s high school graduation and his photograph as part of the magazine’s tribute to African American graduates. The Brownies’ Book would go on to publish an assortment of Hughes’s writings and helped launch his career. Hughes worked in many different genres including poetry, novels, short stories, and plays. His contributions to the creation of African American children’s literature can be found in The Brownies’ Book and in later collaborations with Arna Bontemps.