Essay on Langston Hughes As A Leader Of The Harlem Renaissance

1284 Words Jun 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist; he is also best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance ("Langston Hughes.”). “Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, the second child of school teacher Caroline Mercer Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes (Biography of Langston Hughes)”. Hughes wrote many poems about the dark natures of racism and slavery, one of them being called “I, Too, Sing America”. In this short poem, Hughes begins by claiming that he, too, “sings America”. He notes that he is “the darker brother”, referring to his skin color, and then makes reference to the fact that he is sent “to eat in the kitchen when company comes”, as if he were a black slave, but the persecution does not stop him from laughing and growing strong. Then Hughes visualizes a future in which he is no longer sent to the kitchen, meaning that no one would dare to call him unequal, and that, “They”, the white people, will see him as beautiful and “be ashamed” at their act of discrimination. The poem concludes with the speaker declaring, again, that he and his race is indeed American. The first stanza of the poem sets off by Hughes writing, “I, too, sing America” (Biography of Langston Hughes). Singing is a unique way of communication; sometimes it can highlight emotions in different ways, and then catch the attention of its listeners. Singing can also be done not only by one person but also as a group, and its…

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