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Harlem Renaissance

James Weldon Johnson

"The duty of every individual and every race is to struggle for its own individuality, to maintain it and develop it.... Therefore honour and love your race for yourselves ... if you are for yourselves, for if you abdicate your personality, you will not have left anything to give to the world.." -Edward Wilmot Blyden, in Race and Study

Harlem Renaissance

Name: Erin Papineau............ Date: 2/24/14.........................

Connection to Jim Crow Laws

Connection to today

Dox Thrash

"This value of pluralism was built around an ontology that accepted diversity or otherness without hierarchial judgments of human worth on the basis of racial and cultural characterisitics" --D. A. Masolo

Contribution to the Renaissance

Contribution to the Renaissance

Johnson complied books of African-American literature, similar to Zora Neale Hurston. He also wrote literature of his own.

While living in New York, Thrash painted what he called the "people of America," including the African-American population.


James Weldon Johnson was a well-known author who lived in New York during the Harlem Renaissance. Before his death in 1938, he published numerous books, which included: Self Determining Haiti, Black Manhattan, and the Book of American Negro Poetry.

Dox Thrash was a printmaker. He was famous for his discovery of using carborundum to etch copper plates. His work was most famous in the 1940s and 50s, when his work reflected the social evolution of the African-American populace.

The Harlem Renaissance started the presense of African-Americans in mainstream media.

Many African-American artists from the South traveled to New York to create their art freely. However, this did little to break up the Jim Crow laws.

Connection to art

The Harlem Renaissance is when African-American art and culture first came into the mainstream.

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