Harlem Renaissance

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Harlem Renaissance

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Here is an informational video highlighting some of the numerous famous artists of the Harlem Renaissance!

The Harlem Renaissance lasted from about 1917-1935 and proved to be monumental for how African Americans would be seen. This time period of cultural, social, and artistic advancements in the black community involving black scholars, musicians, photographers, writers, artists, and poets captured the attention of even the white community. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Aaron Douglas, and Alain Locke contributed to the huge transformation of African American and American culture. Blacks were displaying their talents and providing new forms of expression with non traditional values. They were going against the materialistic ways of typical American culture and began questioning the norms in society. Although there were harsh critiques of the art being produced at the time, one cannot ignore the fact that this time period brought people of different ethnicities together through. Blacks were no longer ashamed of their past, but now began to embrace it as if everything they've been through has only made them a stronger and more prideful community. Many whites began to notice the value of African American art, finally portraying them in a positive manner. This was then the platform for future civil rights movements that would push for racial integration.

Alain Locke (1885-1954) was a popular writer of the time and edited the anthology "The New Negro," which consisted of all types of literature regarding African Americans. The term "new negro" became popular because of Locke and his effort to emphasize the newfound confidence and strength of blacks during this time.Aaron Douglas (1899-1979) was a painter who embraced the term "new negro." He did some illustrations for Locke's book "The New Negro" and is famously known for a mural depicting the history of African Americans.

Lasting Impact

The Harlem Renaissance

Famous Artists

Jazz Music!

Jazz becomes popularized and became mainstream in America's pop culture. African Americans greatly contributed to the shaping of jazz music. They broke typical traditions of music creation by improvising during jazz performances, which was well recieved by many Americans. Jazz reflected the attitude of the time, which was rebellious and rejecting traditional values. Jazz music soon became international.

The Great Migration began in around 1916 because of World War I and opression in the south. The Great Migrartion was the large movement of African Americans from the southern part of the U.S. to the northern and more urban part of the U.S. However, they were quickly segregated into poor neighborhoods, Harlem being the largest one.

"The pulse of the world has begun to beat in Harlem." -Alain Locke"Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It is beyond me." -Zora Neale Husrston "Negro life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self determination." -Alain Locke 1926



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