Perfection I have experienced many cultures as the son of a United States Marine. Despite constant placement into new cultures, there was one constant: baseball. No matter the country or age group baseball has always been familiar. Sure there were minor differences with each team I played on, but major traditions and values remained the same. The most important aspect of every baseball team was the value of striving for perfection.
Context/Purpose/Audience Still I Rise, written in 1978 by African American poet and civil-rights activist Maya Angelou, is a resoundingly courageous and unearthing poem with an inspiring invited reading directly related to the time period it was written in: during the declaration for Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The poem discusses an African American woman’s struggles against racism and hatred from the society. It consists of nine-stanzas, offering words of inspiration to those who have been oppressed. It sends a message of hope that even in the midst of adversity it is possible to overcome obstacles and find the inner strength and confidence to rise above them. This poem is very straightforward making the message more meaningful and affective.
Introduction: The civil rights movement of 1954-1968 has made a huge impact on the history of African-American equality. All the great leaders of the movement have gone down in history for their courageous work and outstanding commitment to the civil rights movement. One of the most famous of the activists was Martin Luther King Junior (1929-1968) . King is still remembered today for his legendary speech entitled “I had a dream”.
Arna Bontemps had written many poems, out of all the poetry he had written three famous poems one of those poems is called “Day-breakers”. His poem Day-Breakers express the African American rich history thought the community. His poem expresses its history from beginning of slavery and their freedom later on though out the years. Bontemps poem had a reflection on the bravery and valiance that African American people in Harlem had during that time. The overall tone of the poem is bold and courageous, the tone speaks for the emotions for the African American
When giving thousands of speeches, he spoke of his own great ideals for America without slavery and racism. Douglass supported the Women’s Rights movement and considered the Civil War as a moral crusade against racism and slavery. The Reconstruction was a tough time for African-Americans but despite the problems blacks faced, Frederick continued his work, traveled around the country, gave numerous lectures on the issue of racial inequality, rights of women, as well as national politics. Not only did he have the capacity to see himself free, he also had the courage to speak for the slaves. Being able to make it out of slavery, tell his story, and become the one to make a significant change for the African-American community, he was one of a kind.
James Mercer Langston Hughes was the first African American to achieve national prominence, and the figure of such stature in the black community. His influence and ideas were inescapable, as he saw himself as a poet for an entire nation. Hughes role model, Walt Whitman helped to give him the ideas of the optimistic vision of America and how to achieve and accomplish some of the things he did in his life. Langston Hughes inspired many people and expressed the African American spirt and soul in his works.
The excerpt from Claudia Rankine’s poem Citizen chronicles several instances of modern everyday racism that the narrator faces. Rankine uses her own experiences to demonstrate the microagressions and racism that African Americans face every day. While some African American individuals try to change parts of their world, other people who do not face the same oppression do not understand that it needs to be changed. Throughout the poem, the narrator’s character growth is marked by her willingness to stand up for herself and her race.
Maya Angelou was an American poet and Civil right activist she did so many things that benifited America as a whole just by poetry. Her background persists in her poems giving them a cultural element. Angelou’s poems have feeling, movement, and power, which made her one of the most popular poets in America. Angelou grew up in Arkansas which was, at the time, segregated. Her poems are based off her culture through location, relationship, and civil independence.
Resistance to oppression is a fluid theme throughout these two works of literature, Angelou in Still I rise, An ode to the power that brews in us all to overcome our most difficult circumstances, and is truly an inspiration to all homestayers in the sixties no matter Their race. “She speaks not only for herself but also for her gender and race. This extension of self occurs in Angelou's autobiographies and protest poetry” (Hagen 118). Her status as being a powerful black woman in the house, portrays her self confidence to override anything that puts her down as she will always exceed to rise up. While on the other hand Susan Rawlings in To Room Nineteen saw suicide as her only outlet to her lack of freedom in her marriage.
Incidentally, she is currently utilizing the energy of dialect to enable the individuals who quietly enduring and detached. Her life is loaded with constant torments. Notwithstanding, toward the finish of the sonnet, she earnestly discloses to us that the hardships she needed to persist in the past gave her quality to stand up: "I rise/I rise/ I rise" (Angelou). The ballad is a solid message disclosing to her adversaries that she won 't enable the grasp of their activities to direct her identity. "
Similarly, even when someone is hurt, commitment can overcome it all. Reuven Malters’ baseball team was counting on his pitching. His “left hand was still sore from the catch, and [his] wrist hurt whenever [he] caught the ball”(Brown 28). Malters showed his team that he had an obligation to them and would not give it up. He had to dig down deep in himself to keep pushing himself for his team.
The Harlem Renaissance For African Americans during the early 1900’s was a scary place. . People were filled with racism and hate towards those who are black. Ever thought of how much power a group of people have if they all unite for a similar purpose? The Harlem Renaissance shows exactly that.