In honor of Black History Month, “X1023 is recognizing heroes and role models who’ve made a difference in America.

Langston Hughes was a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and the first black person to earn a living as a writer.

Hughes was a poet, novelist, playwright, columnist and activist whose massive catalog of work includes 16 volumes of poetry, two novels, 20 plays, nine children’s books, as well as radio, television and movie scripts.

Inspired by his life in Harlem, his writing condemned racism, demanded equality and brilliantly captured the black experience in America with heart and humor.