Langston Hughes had a pivotal role in popularizing Harlem Renaissance poetry. When Hughes was young his family moved from city to city before eventually settling in Cleveland. He published his first poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, in 1921 after a year he spent in Mexico. Many of Hughes’s poems center around the life of a black man in America. His poems are unconventionally structured, adding to their rebellious themes.When Hughes died in 1967, his life was celebrated with jazz and blues music. Hughes’s funeral and poetry are testaments to his disregard for the norm and commitment to the celebration of art from black artists.