Essay The African American Experience By Langston Hughes

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The African-American Experience Langston Hughes was an American poet who was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902. Langston Hughes was also an activist, playwright, and a columnist. Hughes played a large role in the Harlem Renaissance movement by utilizing the newest poetry form at the time, jazz poetry. Jazz poetry is poetry that is read with the accompaniment of background music, preferably jazz music. Hughes’ poems focused on what was happening in Harlem, the African-American communities, his background, possible change for the future, and the black man’s experience within America. “I, too, sing America”, “Mother to Son”, “Still Here”, and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, are all poems by Langston Hughes that contain similar themes because each piece relates to the black man or woman’s experience in America. With his poems, Hughes subtly aimed to become the voice of the African-Americans within the United States.
“I, too, sing America” was a powerful poem written during the Harlem Renaissance by Langston Hughes. The poem was written to voice an opinion and to also show how racism could not bring the “black man” down. At first glance, Hughes makes the poem seem as if it is only about him, but the piece advocates for all African American people. Langston Hughes explains how despite being an African-American, he is still part of America. His roots run deep within the confines of the country and he is just as important as the next person. Hughes also hints that the…

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