Thank You Mam

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Black Women Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones can only be described as ALL women. Independent, strong, and sassy would be some of the major things shown in this woman. Mrs. Jones is what people call a “black woman that made it”. She is humble, being that she is not very flashy, and she is always willing to give back, considering that she cleaned and fed, Roger, a young man that tried to rob her. Langston Hughes, in Thank You Ma’am, shows Jones’ woman qualities through her mother-like qualities, willingness to give back to the less fortunate, and ability to understand.

Roger is taken in as if he was the child of Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. Mrs. Jones sees a boy that is in need of good parenting, instead of looking down on him
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Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is a true philanthropist.

Understanding is a trait Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones expresses throughout the story. She tries to teach Roger that just push through and there may be success in his life. She tells him, “I was young once and I wanted things I could not get” (Hughes). At some point in her life she couldn’t get the things she wanted, but she makes sure to point out her wealthy financial status now. She worked for the things she has today. She tells Roger, “I have done things, too, which I would not tell you, son neither tell God, if he didn’t already know.” (Hughes). Roger gets the picture that Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones was not always the woman she is now. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones shows that she is humble in telling a child that she has a past, in order to keep the child on the right path. Her intentions are for Roger to see that she has been down the same path he is on, she can understand the struggle of not having someone there for you and having to make it on your own.

In conclusion, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is the standard for every black woman alive. She exhibits great maternal values, philanthropist ideals, and an understanding for even those who she just met on the street. By rewarding someone who just attempted to steal her purse with a place to clean up, food, and money for shoes, she without a doubt changed the life of a young African American male for the advancement of
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