Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance
Explore this site to learn about Hughes and his role in the
Harlem Renaissance. How did Hughes and other writers and artists
of the Harlem Renaissance change American culture in general?
What would the speaker of "I, Too" have to say about these
artists? In the Web
Links Activity Log, write several paragraphs answering
Heroes: Langston Hughes
The "My Hero" project is an online interactive site where
visitors can read about great figures and nominate their own
heroes. Langston Hughes is one hero featured in the poetry
section. Read about him on the site. Based on your knowledge
and impressions of Hughes, write an additional paragraph you
would add to the "Poet Hero" biography.
Most scholars would agree that blues music had a great
impact on Hughes and that Bessie Smith's themes and lyrics
are closely linked to his work. Visit this site to read more
about Bessie Smith's life and to hear audio clips of her work.
As a class, discuss any connections you find between the works
of Smith and Hughes.