My topic is Langston Hughes and his impact on the famous Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. The Harlem Renaissance was a movement where many forms of African American culture including film and art felt a rebirth and were reinvorgated by a new and fresh generation. Even though many individuals thrived and left a mark on this time period, none of them were more important that Langston Hughes. During this time period, he put out numerous works to the public for their literary entertainment. He was born James Mercer Langston Hughes in Joplin, Missouri. He lived from February 1,1902 to May 22,1967. His novels and poetry collections are some of the highlights of this era. He has sometimes been called the Poet Laureate of Harlem. A poet laureate is a poet appointed to, or regarded unofficially as holding, an honorary representative position in a particular country, region, or group. This title was given to him when he received the Springarn medal for special achievement by an African-American, which he was awarded by the actual Springarn family. In his writing, he was able to convey , like no other before him, the emotion and feelings of the city of Harlem and its residents. He had a passion for African Americans and he wanted anybody that ever read his story to feel the exact same way. My story that I am basing my paper on is Gorilla, My love. This story is written by the late and great Toni Cade Bambara. This story follows the journey of Hazel as she comes of age through the events of her young life. Langston Hughes became a long lasting figure of the Harlem Renaissance through his distinct use of new types of poetry , his immense pride for African-American culture and experience, and his ability to thrive and remain popular in the post Harlem Renaissance years.