Selected Poems of Langston Hughes - Section XIII: Words Like Freedom Summary & Analysis

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Section XIII: Words Like Freedom Summary

"I, Too" (Pg. 275):

The speaker begins by saying, "I, too, sing America." Identifying himself as "the darker brother" the speaker visualizes a time when white America will no longer be able to deny the African-American man's right to sit at the table of equality and freedom.

"Lunch in a Jim Crow Car" (Pg. 280):

Ostensibly a short poem about eating in a segregated train car, the speaker entreats African-Americans to bide their time until segregation ("Jim Crow") implodes and destroys itself.

"In Explanation of Our Times" (Pg. 281):

This prose piece imagines a time when non-whites all over the world rise up in social rebellion against whites who have wielded the power for hundreds of years.

"Africa'" (Pg. 284):

A celebration of the new, awakening Africa. The supposition here is that the continent of Africa, after "resting awhile...

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