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The prolific and acclaimed poet Langston Hughes was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes lived in Harlem from 1926 to 1929 and was a strong voice for the younger artists in the movement. Hughes believed that to fully be an artist one must incorporate race into one's art. This idea of the blending of race and art was central to the movement and is seen in much of the art, music, and literature from that time.