Langston Hughes Social Activist

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Langston Hughes: Social Activist and Writer of the Black Movement
It cannot be doubted that Langston Hughes is not just one of the most illustrious Black Writers but also one who had a very strong contribution to the early struggles of the Black Americans against discrimination and segregation in the country. Hughes exceptionally combined the power of his art and his political voice in advancing his stand to the pressing issues of his day, most notable of which was the assertion of the rights of Black Americans and of their stature in the economic, political and cultural spheres of society. This movement was then tagged as the Harlem Renaissance movement owing to the fact that it gained steam in Harlem, New York.
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What is well-admired in this piece is the way Hughes was able deceive the readers in a good way, by using Black characters and then playing with their expectations only to shatter them. When readers might be expecting a story about the discrimination of Black citizens again – the characters were a Black woman and a Black child – a plot twist rendered this prejudgment highly insufficient to match the complexity of the story. Notably, the story had a woman and a child as its characters, as abovementioned and this is interesting because they belong to another set of categories which are generally viewed and actually disenfranchised in their own ways too. Hence, the very selection of characters seem to divert the attention away from Black-ness alone and bring up other issues like gender and social ills that harm…show more content…
Instead of saying “We are all humans” as Hughes did in the story, in this poem, he has a more modest but no less veritable pronouncement: we are all Americans. The poem smacks with pride – and rightfully so – as much as it flowers with confidence and firmness. With the bold statements captured in this poem, Hughes was able to assert the face of the Black American and hoped, if not foretold a future when they, the “darker brother,” and their “whiter” brothers we can presume they have, will be under a single name: all as
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