According to, poets.org, Hughes was born James Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Langston Hughes, both mother and father divorced while he was a young child forcing him to relocate with his father to Mexico. His grandmother raised Hughes until the age of thirteen, when he relocated once again to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and husband who would ultimately settle once and for all in Cleveland, Ohio. While Hughes was living in Ohio he began writing poetry. Hughes citied Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman as some of his main inspirations.
In all, there were 27 novels written by Harlem Renaissance writers. The notable scholars during the “The Harlem Renaissance,” were Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois who became notable leaders representing a perspective of African American life, social and economic inequalities. Booker T. and W.E.B. DuBois were rival scholars, because each of them had opposite ideas for Black Americans on how they must survive and overcome the conflict of color between Blacks and Whites in the American Society. Poetry was a major part of the Harlem Renaissance, because it tells different stories of black culture in African American literature.
The Harlem Renaissance, or the New Negro Movement as it was known at the time, was an intellectual, artistic, and social outpouring that celebrated black culture with themes of what it meant to be black in America. This movement lasted from the 1920s through the 1930s and included artists and intellectuals such as Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, and Duke Ellington. The Harlem Renaissance went beyond art, literature, and music, there were also political, social, and economic aspects as African-Americans questioned how the United States viewed them and how they viewed themselves. The New Negro and the rise of Harlem came about at a time when African-Americans began to urbanize and form a unique urban culture.
One example of his work that shows this is the poem, Enslaved. In this piece, McKay talks about how African Americans have been oppressed throughout history and shows the sadness he has for his people, “My heart grows sick with hate, becomes as lead,/ For this my race that has no home on earth(7-8).” He also wants his people to be liberated and be able to live as equals with white people, which they've been denied the right to do. Another poem which shows how the themes of the Harlem Renaissance shaped his writing is If We Must Die. In this piece, McKay talks about how he doesn’t want black people to die in vain like that had been throughout history but rather let them die with honor and dignity because they matter just as much as the white people, or “the murderous, cowardly pack”. In the line, “ If we must die-let it not be like hogs/ Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,/ While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,/ Making their mock at our accursed lot./ If we must die-oh, let us nobly die(1-5)”, McKay tells of how he wants his people to die nobly rather than having white
Blacks have served and died in defense of their adopted homeland. The individuals that make up the whole of the black population, have offered up their talents to forward the cause of peace and prosperity in America. Langston hughes is a famous american poet, who emphasises on the topic of black inequality in most of his works.besides owning the title of a beloved American poet, Hughes considered himself a social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. Hughes innovated the then-new literary art form called jazz
The Harlem Renaissance happened from the 1920s to the mid 1930s in Harlem, New York. What caused the renaissance was the migration of more than six million people from the South to the North. Slavery was abolished but it did not stop white supremacy. The aftermath of white supremacy was having the Jim Crow laws created and enforced to the Southern states. The Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation where ninety percent of black Americans lived.
The Harlem Renaissance was given its name because cultural, social, and artistic explosion took place in Harlem between 1918 and mid-1930’s. During this period Harlem was the go to place for black writers, artists, musicians, poets, and many others. A majority of people came from the South, because they were fleeing its caste system to find a place where they could freely express themselves and their talents. Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Walter White and James Weldon Johnson were amongst the many artists who became very well known. Du Bois, editor of THE CRISIS magazine, the journal of the NAACP, published the poems, stories, and visual works of many artists.
Gary Paulsen was a part of an extended family. Paulsen has two siblings, one of them a full sister, and the other a half brother. His sister’s name was Paulette, and his brother’s name was Bill. Paulsen’s dad who was a career officer, on Patton’s staff, spent most of his time during World War II overseas. Unfortunately for Paulsen, he did not get to meet his father until he was seven years old.
One writer of the Harlem Renaissance was Langston Hughes.Hughes cast off the influences of white poets and and used blues and jazz to write his poems. Claude Mckay urged African Americans to stand up for their rights in his work. Jean Toomer wrote plays,short stories, and poems to capture the spirit of his times. Zora Neale Hurston was noticed quickly with her moving novel, “THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD”. In conclusion these were some of the people that changed African American traditions for the better.
The ability to use words to share ideas dates back to before religion existed, and yet look at what the Men and Women of Color have achieved in their short 300 years. Since 1741, men of color used their ability to reason and orate to share the horrors of slavery, banding together, often under the torture and scrutiny of the white government that oppressed them. Rhetoric of color has seen the fall of slavery, the fall of segregation, tougher laws against racism, the rise of the Civil Rights movement, and the beginning of the #blacklivesmatter movement. For a group of individuals who were once deemed three-fifths of a person, they have accomplished much. One main accomplishment that began before the Civil Rights Movement was the registration of black voters.