Langston Hughes - This character was one of the most influential artists of the Twentieth century. He used his experiences as a black man living in America, and as a black man traveling the world to enrich his soul and writing.
James Hughes - This character is a hardheaded and selfish individual with strong views on the world.
Carrie Hughes - This character is represented as an indecisive individual who is constantly breaking up with and getting back together with Langston's stepfather.
Mary Hughes - This character is a proud and strong woman who is involved in the black community. She introduces Langston to many important black leaders including Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, both of whom have a great influence on Hughes' life.
W.E.B. DuBois - This character was a well-known civil rights writer and the editor of "The Crisis."
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