Langston Hughes and W.E.B. DuBois

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The poetry written by Langston Hughes further explains the points discussed in The Souls of Black Folk. W.E.B. DuBois asserts the fact that black people should be recognized as a key part of the formation of America. In The Souls of Black Folk, DuBois is neither trying to “Africanize America” nor “bleach his Negro soul.” Langston Hughes’s poetry reiterates the subjects aroused by DuBois. Hughes expresses how black people represent a key part of America’s formation. He argues that Black people are just as deserving as whites to call themselves American. DuBois writes how the blacks as a people have made an impact in the world, giving reference to the great pyramids of Egypt. Both of these writers discuss how blacks are deserving of recognition as a vital part of America’s success. The poem “I Too” shows the blacks as a whole as being a neglected “brother” in a family. This “brother” however feels that he has grown strong enough to be entitled to a seat “at a table when company comes.” This statement is a demonstration of the black people’s struggle to gain at least some shreds of respect and some acknowledgement and for the right to call themselves American. The idea that a day will come when black people will be seen in the same light as whites is also a dominant subject in The Souls of Black Folk. There is a great degree of hope for both change and for a different lifestyle in the future. In the poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” Langston Hughes establishes the existence of the black people in America. He makes the analogy between the black people’s presence in America, to the existence of rivers in the world. He writes how the black people have left their mark on America, just as rivers have left their imprint on the earth. DuBois also writes about a similar topic, where he tells how the blacks as a people aren’t a new people and have been around
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