Langston Hughes on the Beauty of Blackness

“It is the duty of the younger Negro artist…to change through the force of his art that old whispering ‘I want to be white’ hidden in the aspirations of his people to ‘Why should I want to be white? I am a Negro—and beautiful.’”

Langston Hughes, The Nation, 23 June 1926

Excerpted from: Shapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

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