The Harlem Renaissance Essay

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The Harlem Renaissance was a time of great commotion spanning the 1920s, also known as the “New Negro Movement.” One of the more well-known movers and shakers of the Harlem Renaissance is Langston Hughes. He amongst other artist brought new forms of black cultural expressions into urban areas that had been affected by The Great Migration. Harlem was the largest area affected by said Great Migration. Though the Harlem Renaissance was centered in Harlem the power and strength contained in the words of artist such as Langston Hughes reached Paris and even the Caribbean. Langston Hughes was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement. His vast amounts of work are what brought attention to the struggles and realities of the time…show more content…
In addition words as strong as these written by Langston Hughes bring attention to the struggles and the harsh reality black people were made to face. One of the more pressing issues that can still be seen to this day is racial passing. Racial passing is a struggle not only seen in Hughes poems and during the Harlem Renaissance but, in present day Black America. Passing makes reference to a person who is classified as a certain race or belonging to one racial group whom is also accepted as a apart of another racial group. Passing was especially used to describe someone of a mixed background in America who assimilated to the white majority. The concept of passing is something that tears the black community apart; Langston Hughes not only saw, but experienced passing. Hughes writes about passing in some of his works. In one of his works entitled “Passing” certain lines really stand out and directly speak about passing, not in the literal sense, but passing in a world that puts the fairer skinned above those who are of a darker skin tone. In “Passing” Hughes talks about it being funny that white people don’t like those that are colored and goes on to say that if thy did he wouldn’t have to be “passing” to keep his good job. Hughes goes on to say that he doesn’t mind being “white” and generously thanks his mother
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