The use of tomorrow refers to the greater tomorrow, the future which to this day has not yet come. The poem cleverly uses metaphors to represent racial segregation faced by African-Americans during the early twentieth century.
The fourth stanza concludes in a way which states African Americans are not inherently bad, but inherently good. In reading these poems, the reader canes that Hughes was expressing his feelings of betrayal and abandonment, against his race, by religion and the church.
The literal meaning means the employers send him away when guests arrive. The poem contains a few examples of alliteration and repetition. The speaker, an African American man, was denied the rights to sit down at the dinner table when company comes. Since the first slaves arrived in the New World, Africans have been without.
The biggest use of symbolism is the last line: "I, too, am America. We have the audacity to hope in the face of adversity, racism, and discrimination to the highest degrees.
Langston Hughes highlights the resilience of Black folk and our ability to remain resolute in times of utter despair. The use of "I" here is showing that African Americans do not worry about what is being done, but how they are growing stronger as segregation continues, knowing soon they will be equal.
But this poem foretold the future where black is beautiful.
People of all kinds are influenced by their everyday life and it shows in their work. If someone were to so specifically mention his or her race now, without being asked, it would be thought of as strange, further proof as to how times have changed.