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Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurtson are two poets with very similar motives from the Harlem Renaissance. In the 1920’s and 1930’s many there was an outburst in all fields or art with African-Americans. Beginning as a series of literary discussions in the lower Manhattan (Greenwich Village) and upper Manhattan (Harlem) sections of New York City, this African-American cultural movement became known as "The New Negro Movement" and later as the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes and Hurston shared very similar views on how the color of your skin greatly affects your life, and also optimistic thoughts for an uprising in the African-American Culture.
Langston Hughes thought he was no different from a white person. He knew that inside all people are same and should have equal opportunities in their life. This wasn’t the case due to the common person’s racist views. You can see Hughes views on this in Black and Blue, in which he says," I’m white inside but, that doesn’t help my case."
Zora Neale Hurston felt very similar to Langston Hughes in which she knew there was no difference between blacks and whites and that it was only people’s prejudice that made the two stand out form one another. You can see Hurtson’s views on the color of her skin on in How it Feels to Be Colored Me. Hurston’s thoughts are very similar to Hughes, in which she says," But I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes." You can see how Hurston knew it was the prejudice of the white person, which made African-Americans stand out in which she says," I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white contrast" and " He is so pale with his whiteness then I am so colored."
Zora Neale Hurtson thought the best for the Negro race. She knew that one day equality would be recognized and white people would feel sympathetic for their inexcusable prejudice. Langston Hughes felt the same wa...

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