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  • Excerpt from the poem Children’s Rhymes.
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  • 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
  • Children’s Rhymes
    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
    Lies written down
    For white folks ain’t
    for us a-tall
    Liberty and Justice
    Huh- For All?
  • 4
    Segregation all over the
  • 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.
  • Will V-day Be Me-Day Too?
    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
    *This is a excerpt out of the poem.
  • African American World War IIsoldiers
  • "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
  • 9
    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
    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
    Mother to Son
    Dream Deferred
    The Negro Speaks of Rivers
    Negro Mother
    Children’s Rhymes
    Po’ Boy Blues
    Cultural Exchanges
    • He also wrote numerous plays, essay, and his autobiography
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