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The Harlem Renaissance By Langston Hughes Essay

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“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”
- Langston Hughes The Harlem Renaissance took place in Harlem, New York during the 1920’s. The movement was an expression of African American culture across the Midwestern and Northeastern states of America, with Harlem being the heart of it. The Harlem Renaissance also left a lasting impression on black writers from the Caribbean and other African Colonies who immigrated to Paris. There were many artists of many different mediums that left a lasting impact of black culture, and Langston Hughes was no exception. His poems, short stories, and novels were all highly regarded, earning him the acclaim as one the leaders of the social activist movement (Britannica). Hughes was an understudy to Marcus Garvey and W.E.B DuBois, and much like his mentors before him was responding to the state of society during his time, by becoming its voice. It is safe to say that Langston Hughes was the most influential leader of the Harlem Renaissance, and it shows through his works, especially his poetry. Hughes has a murky family background, but likely was a source of inspiration for his literature. Both of his great grandmothers were enslaved, but had children with their white slave owners. His father despite being a black man himself was extremely racist towards Africans, and would eventually leave Langston’s mother hoping to escape from the overbearing racism in the
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