Langston Hughes : The Black Writers Of The Harlem Renaissance

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In the early twentieth century, many blacks who lived in the South moved to the North to find a better way of life. Many families landed in Harlem, New York and the neighborhood eventually became rich in Black culture and traditions. The mixture of cultures, heritage and traditions eventually lead to an explosion of Black creativity in music, literature and the arts which became known as the Harlem Renaissance. As with many transitional time periods in United states History, the Harlem Renaissance had its share of success stories. One of the well-known writers of the 1900’S is Langston Hughes. While many writers focused on one style or category of writing, Langston Hughes is the most versatile of all of the writers from the Harlem…show more content…
He also spends time in Mexico with his father and returns to the United States a year later to attend Columbia University. Hughes continues to have more poems published in the Brownies’ Book and Crisis, both publications edited by W. E. B. DuBois a well-known writer and activist of the early twentieth century. After a year at Columbia University, Hughes drops out and begins to form associations that later become responsible for the Harlem Renaissance – a post WWI African-American literary movement. After dropping out of college, Hughes supports himself by working different odd jobs and spends 1923-1924 in Paris, France while he continues to work on his writings and poetry. Hughes’ hard work, artistic upbringing and travel experience eventually lead the author to Jazz—a style of music very popular in the Black community. Because of the hardships the author endured as a Black man, Hughes developed a strong connection to Jazz music. Langston Hughes was crucially influenced by the sounds and traditions of Jazz. The author expresses, “Jazz, to me, is one of the inherent expressions of Negro life in America: the eternal tom-tom of revolt against weariness in a white world, a world of subway trains, and work, work, work; the tom-tom of joy and laughter, and pain swallowed in a smile” (Langston Hughes). One of his works that was influenced by Jazz was “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain.” He is best
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