Hughes enrolls in courses at Lincoln University mid-semester in January of 1926. Later that year Hughes writes his acclaimed essay "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain".
Hughes visits his mother in Washinton D.C.. Hughes works a series of odd jobs. These include: working as a busboy, in a laundry room, and in the office of Carter G. Woodson. Hughes remains in Washington for around a year and in that time Hughes encounters numerous notable people including Vachel Lindsay, Arna Bontemps, Wallace Thurman, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Hughes heads to Russia to support production of the film Black and White, designed to help Russia appear as though it had conquered racial oppression. The film project fell apart 2 months later.
Hughes graduates from Lincoln University.
Hughes's ashes are buried at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. His ashes are buried here as a celebration of his 89th birthday and Black History month. As part of an ancestral burial rite poets Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka danced upon the site where Hughes's ashes were buried.
Langston Hughes dies at age 65 as a result of prostate cancer.
Langston Hughes is born to Caroline Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes.