Quotations From the Book “Angela King’s Black History” – Langston Hughes

Throughout his literary career, Langston Hughes made it a point to put the struggles of black Americans into the limelight. His masterpiece “The Souls of Black Folk” is one of the most important books ever written about the history of blacks in America. In it, he addresses the same themes that are important today. Here is a synopsis of some of the most significant statements he made about black history.

“It is rather the stupidity of the social structure that permit men to be ignorant of their own race and so allows the mere want of clear reasoning to be an impediment to the complete solution of social problems.” This is one of the most important passages about the importance of education and its use as a key to understanding the social problems of black Americans face today.

“To compare the lives of the Negroes to the lives of the races of whites and regard them as having been ‘trapped’ in a hellish war of white supremacy is to be an obiter dictum of racism.” “Racism,” he states, “is not a product of the inferiority complex of the inferior race, but a direct result of that inferiority complex.” In this passage, he describes how the common perception of blacks is one of inferiority, thus, racism.

“In the social caste system of the Negro, the closer one is to the center of gravity, the lower one is located.” “This kind of inequality is at the very foundation of the social structure and should be repudiated if we are to move towards social justice and reconciliation.” Hughes makes it clear that the way we see ourselves is closely connected to the way others see us.

“I have come here today to ask for forgiveness for the past as well as for the future.” Hughes affirms that we all must take responsibility for the legacies of slavery, segregation, and discrimination. In fact, he urges us to get on the right side of history and to make amends for what has already been done.

“The story of black history is a fine silver dusting of fallen angels on a mountaintop.” He explains how it is impossible to hide from the realities of history, that it always remains with us.

“The outcast, the slave, the nigger, the negro, the pauper, the handicapped, the addict – all these fallen angels exist in the history of black men and women.” In this quotation, he links the experiences of blacks with the experiences of blacks in the past and the present.

“We are still living in the shadow of our ancestors,” says Hughes, “and their light illuminates ours.” This statement is one of the most important about the uniqueness of the black experience.

“One can travel without leaving home; one can walk in the skirts of rivers, on the beds of winds. But one can never stand on the banks of the river of Mississippi; one can only stand on the bank of history.” He discusses how history is an ongoing process, and that the point of the book is to make it clear to everyone, “Our past is living and flourishing and developing. It is still worth remembering.”

“What does it matter if the picture is not perfect, if our picture is not perfect?” These are just a few of the strongest statements about the importance of telling the truth about black history and black people.

“Angela King has said that, as a writer, her greatest task was to point the way forward for black literature.” As I said in the beginning of this article, a quote by a famous writer is worth reading more than a thousand articles on the same subject. Indeed, it is my intention to use these articles to enhance the reading experience of readers and writers alike.