After hopping from job to job, he obtained a prestigious position in 1925 as a personal assistant to Carter G. Woodson, a historian who founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (and also the creator of Black History Week/Month). Despite the prestige of his position he found that it cut into his time devoted to his writing so he quit and took on various menial jobs. One of these was as a busboy at Wardman Park Hotel at which he met Vachel Lindsay , who became a fan of his poetry and helped to publicize his work.[ad#300x250]In 1926, he enrolled in Lincoln University, a Historically Black University in Oxford, Pennsylvania. His tuition was paid for by a Amy Spingarn, the wife of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president Joel Elias Spingarn. There he was a classmate of Thurgood Marshall who would go on to become one of the most influential lawyers in the country and the first Black . Supreme Court Justice. After graduating from Lincoln, Langston began traveling, including trips to the Caribbean islands and the Soviet Union. On one of his trips to the Soviet Union, he was among a group of Blacks who wanted to make a movie to demonstrate the difficulties faced by Black in the United States. The movie was not made but it afforded him the opportunity to meet with various influential people within the Communist sphere of influence. He admired many of the goals and tenets of communism compared to the life that Blacks were subjected to in the United States and admired many of the actions taken by communist organizations such as the fight to free the Scottsboro boys. As such, many of his writings on the subject were published in the Communist Party USA newspaper. In later years, Hughes would deny that he was a communist, especially after he was called before Joseph McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in 1953. He distanced himself from some of his own radical writing and denied being a communist, despite having joined American Peace Mobilization in 1940 (the group sought to keep the United States out of World War II) and that in 1938 he signed a statement in support of Joseph Stalin’s purges. His reasoning behind advocating the United States staying out of the war was that Blacks were treated poorly in the United States, often suffering under Jim Crow laws, and thus, it made no sense for Blacks to risk their lives to support such a s system. He later relented on this matter.