Langston Hughes Birthday: 8 Quotes From The Legendary Author (PHOTOS)

PHOTOS: Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes!
This handout image provided by the National Portrait Gallery is a pastel on illustration board showing Langston Hughes, Winold Reiss. America often knows the names but not the faces of its great poets. Now the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is introducing dozens of 20th century poets to Washington visitors. "Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets" opens Friday and will be on view through April. (AP Photo/National Portrait Gallery)
This handout image provided by the National Portrait Gallery is a pastel on illustration board showing Langston Hughes, Winold Reiss. America often knows the names but not the faces of its great poets. Now the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is introducing dozens of 20th century poets to Washington visitors. "Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets" opens Friday and will be on view through April. (AP Photo/National Portrait Gallery)

Happy birthday Langston Hughes! Today would have been the legendary poet, author, and social activist's 111th birthday.

What better way to kick off Black History month than to honor Hughes and his epic contributions to American literature and art? So we've rounded up some of his best quotes on race, life and love. Nearly a century later, the author's words still resonate and hold relevance today.

Take a look at the slideshow below and let us know your favorite quote in the comments section.

Langston Hughes Quotes

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