Langston Hughes: Motivational Poetry

Langston Hughes inspired millions of people of all races with his poetry. He not only wrote about religion and used jazz devices, but also seeked to inspire his race as a whole and promote his African American heritage. Hughes became popular during the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement of African Americans in search of creating their own identity. He became a shining star of this movement because of the ability of his poetry to promote enlightenment and motivation in African Americans during this time. Above is a Nike ad exemplifying the motivating qualities of Hughes’s poetry, using one of his most famous poems, “A Dream Deferred.”

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