Langston Hughes was one of the earliest 20th-century poets to concede that his writing was for the essential benefit of black people. He was identified with the Negritude movement.
In poetry collection such as Montage for a Dream Deferred and Shakespeare in Harlem, Hughes was not afraid to utilise jazz just as modern black poets would hip-hop.
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Perhaps, his most known poem I, Too best encapsulates the themes of defiance and freedom associated with his blackness.