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Langston Hughes and the Scottsboro Boys

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Caroline Kelly

on 9 April 2013

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Hughes the Poet "What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?"
-Langston Hughes Langston Hughes
(February 1, 1902- May 22, 1967) Who is this guy? There are three choices for this assignment: A. Using Hughes' poem as a model, write an 8 line poem titled "Justice." In this poem, define the word and what it means to you. Hughes and the Scottsboro Boys felt passionate about the injustice in the Scottsboro trials
wrote a series of poems about the boys' experiences in a collection called "Scottsboro Limited" --> why do you think he might have chosen that name?
visited the boys in jail, and tried to get in contact with Ruby Bates for an interview but could not Analysis of "Justice" Restate the poem in your own words- what is the plot or summary of the poem?
Idea association- what does it make you think of?
Symbolism- what does each separate idea connect to based on the context of the poem? Langston Hughes and the Scottsboro Boys Scottsboro Scrapbook #2: C. Using Hughes' poem "The Town of Scottsboro" as a model, describe the town of Maycomb in the form of an 8 line poem. What does it look like? What does it represent? What could it represent? B. Identify the metaphor in the poem "Justice" by Langston Hughes. In an 8 sentence paragraph, answer: What does Hughes compare justice to? How is this definition appropriate for the Scottsboro trials? moved multiple times, raised mainly by his maternal grandmother, Mary
elected class poet, was involved in theater and the newspaper, and started writing poetry and plays
originally went to Columbia University to study engineering born in Joplin, Missouri
father left his family major poet of the Harlem Renaissance, moved there after embarking on a writing career and stayed there
new style of poetry- jazz poetry
published his first book of poetry, "The Weary Blues," in 1926
famous poems include "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "A Dream Deferred," "Theme for English B", and "Life is Fine"
wrote extensively about the difficulty of being a black artist (black artists should not try to repress their culture to be true artists, that they had to see their culture as a part of themselves and therefore their art) Close Reading: "Justice" Hughes Visiting the Jail *The name of the poem was "August 19th...A Poem for Clarence Norris" (from "Langston Hughes: Before and Beyond Harlem" by Faith Berry Justice

That Justice is a blind goddess
Is a thing to which we black are wise.
Her bandage hides two festering sores
That once perhaps were eyes. General Understanding Connections between the Scottsboro Boys and "To Kill A Mockingbird" What themes from "To Kill A Mockingbird" do you also see in this poem?
What do you think was Hughes' main message in writing this poem? Today's Objectives: 1. Analyze the poem "Justice"
2. Identify influence of Hughes' penning the "Scottsboro Limited"
3. Write an original 8 line poem about justice
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