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Langston Hughes and The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a huge cultural movement for the culture of African Americans. Embracing the various aspects of art, many sought to envision what linked black peoples’ relationship to their heritage and to each other. Langston Hughes was one of the many founders of such a cultural movement. Hughes was very unique when it came to his use of jazz rhythms and dialect in portraying the life of urban blacks through his poetry, stories, and plays. By examining 2 poems by Langston Hughes, this essay will demonstrate how he criticized racism in Harlem, New York.

Langston Hughes was born James Langston Hughes February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes parents divorced when she was still a young child. Hughes father later then moved to Mexico. He was raised by his grandmother up until the age of 13 then moved to Lincoln, Illinois to live with his mother and her husband. Hughes attended Columbia University but left about a year after. He was a poet, writer and playwright, in addition to writing a popular column for the Chicago Defender. His poetry was published by Vachel Linday.

Langston Hughes was one of the most significant writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes' rare style of writing was encouraged by his life experiences in New York City's Harlem, which was a predominately African American neighborhood. His legendary works contributed to American literature and politics. Hughes had such a strong sense of racial pride. Through his poetry and various works he promoted equality; he was not a fan of racism and injustice just like many African Americans.

Through his writing he assisted the next generations, by capturing the scene of the Harlem life in the early 20th century. Harlem was a major focus in several of Hughes writings and also served as an inspiration for many others. Hughes was very much involved in the Harlem area. In 1938 Hughes founded “The Harlem Suitcase...
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