African American writers and artists have contributed to American culture by gradually desegregating society with the African American culture: music, writings, and art.
Aaron Douglas portrays African American life and struggles through his artwork, which affects American society by exposing African American hardships.
Langston Hughes has affected American society by writing about racial justice and political radicalism. He also talked about African American literature and culture in newspapers.
Zora Neale Hurston's writings affect American society by talking about racial struggles in the South. She has become a great figure for Harlem Renaissance thinkers, because she has written about African American culture despite criticism from others.
Lois Mailou Jones has contributed to American society by being the first African American to go against social norms and practice the right to display her art in public and private galleries and museums. She also had her art included in galleries and museums, where other whites had their art as well.