Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University Langston Hughes was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissancethe flowering of black intellectual, literary, and artistic life that took place in the s in a number of American cities, particularly Harlem.
And where was Langston? He sees a church right next door, which makes sense because he had just been knocking at the parsonage next door. Every person has some sort of dreams and or goals.
Permeating his work is pride in the African-American identity and its diverse culture. Poet, playwright, and short story writer Langston Hughes remains perhaps one of the most well known African American writers of the twentieth century.
Because his father emigrated to Mexico and his mother was often away, Hughes was brought up in Lawrence, Kansas, by his grandmother Mary Langston. Even though this period was short, it still lives on though all African American artists today.
Many of his lesser-known political writings have been collected in two volumes published by the University of Missouri Press and reflect his attraction to Communism.
The author narrates a story centering on a revival gathering that happened in his childhood. I believe that this is the main theme of the poem, perseverance.