I Am Too Essay

1030 Words Oct 14th, 2014 5 Pages
Throughout African-American history, there has been a large numberof influential figures, particularly through literature. These figures remained strong through the struggles and tough times, and was responsible for influencing the hope of many others during their everyday battles as African-Americans. Among these figures are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Martin Luther King Jr., made speeches to end segregation, Rosa Parks stood up for her rights as she stayed seated in her seat on a bus, Maya Angelou wrote poems about how beautiful black women are and their strength. Langston Hughes, however, was the most influential leader of them all. He was a leader during the Harlem Renaissance, a leader …show more content…
After High School, Hughes attended Colombia University and dropped out, which worked out well in the long run. Hughes went on to have an illustrious career as an author. In the latter years of his life he continued to publish and read his work around the United States. At age 65, the extremely talented and versatile leader passed away. Hughes was diagnosed with an enlarged and possibly cancerous prostate. He needed surgery to remove the potential risk of cancer. Unfortunately, he had complications during his surgery. Due to bacteria entering his bloodstream, he died of septic shock. On May 22, 1967, in Polyclinic Hospital in New York City, Hughes was pronounced dead. In the poem, “I, Too,” written in 1925, Langston Hughes used vivid imagery, experience and motivation to overcome the everyday struggles of African-Americans. His leadership qualities are magnified in this poem. For example, in the beginning of the poem, Hughes says, “I, Too, Sing America. I am the darker brother,” he states that just because of his darker complexion, he is also as American as everyone else. The color of his skin should not defer from the fact that he is American. In the second line, he’s stating that America is one large family. He just happens to be darker, which should not make him a distant cousin, but a brother. Later in the poem, Hughes says, “besides,

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