Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Georgene Bess-Montgomery, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Timothy Askew, Ph.D.


This thesis discusses Langston Hughes’ poetry and details the African-American experience in a discriminatory society which was an essential theme of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural and artistic movement which enriched American life. Hughes’ body of work covers the entire range of the human experience, especially the experience of ordinary people. He believed that the role of the artist was to cover and illuminate every aspect of people’s lives. Part of this expansive philosophy towards art included giving a voice to African-American women and men who experienced both racist and patriarchal oppression.