Langston Hughes (1902 to 1967) was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright, who became one of the foremost interpreters of racial relationships in the United States. Influenced by the Bible, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Walt Whitman, Hughes depicted realistically the ordinary lives of black people. Many of his poems, written in rhythmical language, have been set to music. Hughes’s poems were meant ‘to be read aloud, crooned, shouted and sung‘.
The Ballad of Harry Moore was written by Langston Hughes in 1952. He read it at a memorial for Harry T Moore in New York City that was held by the NAACP.