Hughes uses as... ... middle of paper ... ...come hopeful. On the contrary, he does not want to live this way forever and believes all should be equal. In a time in America when blacks were not being treated fairly Hughes used this poem to impact the lives of many people. Hughes grew popular among the African American people because of the equality that this poem stood for. Times have changed since this poem was written and blacks are no longer treated like they were during that era.
Sympathy, by Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Reflection of the African American's Struggle for Freedom I know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows like a stream of glass; When the first bud sings and the first bud opes, And the faint perfume from its chalice steals-- I know what the caged bird feels! "Sympathy" was written by Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1899, right at the end of the Nineteenth Century. It is a poem about the caged bird who wants to be free and tries, tries and tries again to break out of its cage. Each time, it is unable to break free and instead only injures itself, adding to injuries left over from past escapes.
This is saying the while African-Americans were enslaved and oppressed they watched Caucasians be free and do as they pleased. Although at the time African-Americans never experienced freedom they yearned for it. They knew it had to be better then what they were enduring. Racism is considered the cage around the caged bird, and it means not getting treated fairly with jobs, medical treatment, and even get
In her poetry readers can tell how frustrated she was with the injustice that blacks received. In her poem Oblivion she speaks on death and says, “I should never hear the note of jealousy or hate” after she is dead. She calls oblivion “the shroud and envelope of happiness.” Overall, Jessie Redmon Fauset was one of the many great artists during the Harlem Renaissance that inspired many with her strong words of wisdom and truth. She wouldn’t have been able to do this without the Harlem Renaissance and the great inspiration it put on blacks to express themselves in ways that weren’t thought of before. The Harlem Renaissance gave her a chance to speak the words she was holding inside and she was noted for her honesty and humbleness.
In order for them to achieve this, the white southerners came up with the Jim Crow laws to prevent the African Americans from achieving their god given right of being free and equal. This did not end the African hope of becoming equal. After many years of mistreatment, African Americans knew that change in society was necessary. The members of the black population have been enslaved, beaten, abused, neglected and just taken advantage of, since the end of the civil war, even into present times, African Americans have struggled for equality and rights that white Americans often take for granted. Arguably, no post-war struggle was larger or more significant than the movement to eliminate the Jim Crow laws from existence in the South.
Gwendolyn Brooks grew up in a racist time period; encouraging her writings to be about the life of a black during this time period. She grew up during one of the hardest time periods known as the Great Depression. Brooks was known for her writing poetry about racism and life of being a black American; she was often criticized for her works but also honored for showing encouragement and hope in her writings. Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1917. She grew up in a harsh, racist time period along with The Great Depression.
Many attempts had been made to abolish slavery such as; the Underground Railroad, which includes a path of safe hou... ... middle of paper ... ...tions. For example in the past, blacks had not been treated equally and did not have the same rights as everyone else so they fought and earned them. Not long after, the women did the same thing when they did not have some of their rights. Hopefully, it will happen again for the LGBTQ Community because it will cause the United States to be more Enlightened than before. In fact, the fight for LGBTQ rights is already underway.
The work contributed during the renaissance helped future African American artist in the future. Many historians contribute the Harlem Renaissance to the beginning of the civil rights movement. With the Civil War ending, African Americans were greatly displaced. The feeling of displacement came about for the African Americans because they were now legally free citizens, but they were still trapped in a country and culture that was none accepting of African Americans. After trying to find there place among the rest of America, the African Americans began a movement that has become known as "The Great Migration."
After being freed from slavery, the blacks thought they had achieved their freedom, but soon realized that was only the beginning. During the Civil Rights Movement, racism began to play a large role in how the blacks were treated. They were segregated and discriminated against causing racial violence to stir up and add to the many other problems the blacks faced on a daily basis. It took several years before the blacks would take a stand and fight for their rights, but until then, they continued to face suppression. Around 1876, Jim Crow Laws came into effect and demonstrated a system of segregation which separated the blacks and whites, primarily in public facilit... ... middle of paper ... ...ivil Rights Movement, a large social movement, paved the way for changes in black freedom and how the blacks would be viewed.
Though it took a lot of time and hardship, segregation between the Whites and the Blacks were slowly but surely coming to an end. Dr. Martin Luther King, President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy, whom was Attorney General during the civil rights movement, and many influential figures, contributed their approval for this movement. They also instilled sense of confidence and security to the African Americans and civil rights activists. The 1960’s were a time when the African Americans and others have had enough of racism. These groups decided to fight for the Black people to have their civil rights set into motion rather than being suppressed.