Langston Hughes was a young African American poet born in February of 1902 who greatly impacted the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes wrote for The Chicago Defender and continued his work through The New York Post and can described as a poet who is both subjective and extremely passionate about his work. Through his poems he chose to address the meaning and experiances that are included with being African American and its costs. Some of his best pieces were "I, Too" and " Let American be America Again". This influenced the because he was highly respected and people connected with his work to influence change.
Oscar Micheaux played a big role in it the idea of equality because through his films he chose to discuss harsh and unheard of topics and revealed the realistic aspects of them. He used films like "Within our Gates" and "Body and Soul" in order to break the norms and aim for change. Through these films he was able to empower African Americans because of he fact that he gave them a voice. Through this Micheaux gave African Americans a sense of both Equality and Freedom because they felt that they finally had someone to represent them and voice their struggles.
William Edward Burghardt played a major role in influencing African Americans to make advancements in society. W.E.B Du Bois served as a writer and activist who participated in the NAACP. Du Bois is commonly known for " Souls of Black Folk ". W.E.B Du Bois' work with the Peace Information Center , study regarding liberation and works explaining the African American experience influenced people during the Harlem Renaissance to accept themselves and the realistic problem of segregation.
Louis Armstrong was considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history. He was influential for many African Americans because of his many accomplishments. Starting with his music titled "Swing That Music" and "Jubilee" Louis Armstrong made his way up to becoming the First African American to not only Host Nationally sponsored Radio Show but also the first African American to get featured billing in a major Hollywood film. This was influential to African Americans because Armstrong made it known that it was possible for major successful.
Jessie Fauset started influencing young African Americans early in her life when she was the only African American to graduate in her class in addition to receiving a scholarship to Cornell. Fauset participated in the NAACP and was a novelist during the Renaissance where she produced works known as " Oblivion" where she discussed African American Cultural and Economic struggles. She was one of the most published artists in the era which goes to show how influential she was based off of the impact she made on the Harlem Renaissance through all her work in journalism.