Hughes visits his Mother.

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 visits China.

Hughes visits China. Hughes stays for approximately three weeks, in that time he requests to visit Madame Sun Yet-sen. Instead of an interview he is invited to have dinner with her. A few weeks later Hughes returns to Japan from which he is expelled by Japanese authorities. 

Hughes is born to Caroline Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes.