Langston Hughes And Martin Luther King Essay

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Coming into the Prohibition era, the post-world war country of the United States emerged with new ideas and social changes addressing specifically racial issues. African Americans living in America took this time of resurgence as a way to break through to society and share with the nation the power of black culture. People such as Langston Hughes, famous black author of the 20’s, became known during this time for his unique writing style and topics. Louis Armstrong also broke through as a popular artist at this time and changed the music industry with jazz. The revival time in America, for African Americans especially, later became known as the Harlem Renaissance. It was during the Renaissance that young and old black people spoke out about …show more content…
Although they expressed themselves differently, Hughes and Martin Luther King shared the same dreams and hopes that initially were brought forth during the time of the Renaissance. Brave, hardworking, and dedicated were the souls involved in the movement whom which, allowed reformers to come and believers in black culture to have possessed the foothold they had in society and in further bettering the lives and treatment of African Americans. One reformer by the name of Marcus Garvey established the Universal Negro Movement Association. Founded during the 20’s, the organization made a gateway for new programs that targeted blacks’ rights. In “Harlem in Vogue” of America’s History Henretta, Hinderaker, Edwards, and Self regarding the Universal Negro Movement Association stated:
They argued that people of African descent in all parts of the world, had a common destiny and should cooperate in political action. Several developments contributed to this ideal: black men’s military service in Europe during World War 1, the Pan-African Congress that had sought representation at the Versailles treaty table, protests against U.S. occupation of Haiti, and modernist experiments in literature and the arts.

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