Langston Hughes His writing as an African American was influenced by the social issues of his time……. Cierra Johnson Eng102 T/4
Jim Crow Laws 2
Children’s Rhymes 3 By what sends The white kids I ain’t sent I know I can’t be president. What don’t bug white kids sure bugs me. We know everybody ain’tfree Lies written down For white folks ain’t for us a-tall Liberty and Justice Huh- For All?
4 Segregation all over the land….
World War II “Will V-day Be Me- day too?” In this poem Langston Hughes was speaking on the unfair and unequal treatment of the black World War II soldiers. These young men who were fighting for democracy of America in a foreign land( and had no rights at home). Some solders were lynched while still in there uniforms upon returning home. He felt this injustice at home was a disservice to the entire country. 5
Will V-day Be Me-Day Too? 6 Over There, World War II. Dear Fellow Americans, I write this letter Hoping times will be better When this war Is through. I'm a Tan-skinned Yank Driving a tank. I ask, WILL V-DAY BE ME-DAY, TOO? I wear a U. S. uniform. I've done the enemy much harm, I've driven back The Germans and the Japs, From Burma to the Rhine. On every battle line, I've dropped defeat Into the Fascists' laps. I am a Negro American Out to defend my land Army, Navy, Air Corps-- I am there. I take munitions through, I fight--or stevedore, too. I face death the same as you do Everywhere. *This is a excerpt out of the poem.
African American World War IIsoldiers 7
"Negro members of the 477th Antiaircraft Artillery, Air Warning Battalion, study maps in the operations section at Oro Bay, New Guinea." November 15, 1944. Pvt. Edward Grefe. 111-SC-305909 8
9 Democracy Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear I have as much right As the other fellow has To stand On my two feet And own the land I tire so hearing people say, Let’s things take their course. Tomorrow is another day I do not need my freedom when I’m dead I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread Freedom Is sharing seed Planted In a great need. I live here too. I want freedom Just as you
Justice 10 That justice is a blind Goddess Is a thing to which We blacks are wise: Her bandages hide two festering sores that once perhaps were eyes.
11 Langston Hughes was born in 1902 around the turn of the century. As a child he experienced racial segregation and later in life was blessed with the gift to write. Langston Hughes used his gift of writing to be a voice to the nation. He used his poems to stir the conscious of the masses. He wrote about political, social, and other issues facing African American’s. His weapon of choice was his pen. Langston Hughes died in1967 and left a rich legacy of poems behind.
12 Some of Langston Hughes Literary Works I, Too, Sing America Justice Mother to Son Dream Deferred Democracy The Negro Speaks of Rivers Negro Mother Children’s Rhymes Po’ Boy Blues Cultural Exchanges
He also wrote numerous plays, essay, and his autobiography