Wilson and Hughes Portrayal of African Americans

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These authors are both know for their writings of plays and short stories that depict the lives of African Americans. Hughes also wrote poems and children's works. They have both been honored by society for their work. Wilson received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1987 and 1990; Hughes received awards and recognition as being listed as one of 100 Greatest African Americans to having a series of postal stamps designs in 2002.


This was before James Brown's song "Say it loud-I'm Black and I'm proud." These authors inspired and took on roles of leadership in Black pride movements. Langton Hughes was considered an activist before Dr. Martin Luther King. Both authors' works portrayed African Americans throughout history. Both authors addressed racism, economic bias, social issues. Both authors addressed dealing, coping, excelling or failing. As much as these authors had in common, there are differences in their approaches. This essay will make a comparison of the portrayals of African Americans by Langston Hughes and August Wilson.
"The younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased, we are glad. If they are not, it doesn't matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly, too. The tom-tom cries, and the
This quote represents the pride Langston Hughes portrayed in his African American characters. Langston Hughes said this in connect to his poem "Mother to Son". In this poem, Hughes portrays a mother telling her son of the hardships he faced in her life and for him not to give in to hardships. She is giving him encouragement to keep going not to allow hardship to stop him. ...
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