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Photo of Robert Earl Jones in Don't You Want to Be Free by Langston Hughes
An actor in one of Hughes's plays, one of his "low-down folks"

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Langston Hughes, Man of the People
Langston Hughes is one of America's greatest poets. Like so many writers, he wrote about what he knew -- the people, places and events around him. Although Hughes was friendly with people from all walks of life, the rich, the middle class and the poor, it was the people he called the "low-down folks" who had the greatest influence on his poetry. Hughes used this expression as a form of praise. He admired these people because "they accept what beauty is their own without question." What do you think this means?
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