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Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a period of immense cultural, social, and artistic growth from the end of World War 1 and the middle of the 1930s. During this time, Harlem, New York drew in several black artists, writers, musicians, and more. Harlem was a place where blacks were able to freely express their talents.

Langston Hughes Easy BoogieDown in the bassThey easy roll,Rolling like I like itIn my soul.Riffs, smears, breaks.Hey, Lawdy Mama!Do you hear what I said?Easy like I rock itIn my bed!

If We Must DieClaude McKayIf we must die, let it not be like hogsHunted and penned in an inglorious spot,While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,Making their mock at our accursèd lot.If we must die, O let us nobly die,So that our precious blood may not be shedIn vain; then even the monsters we defyShall be constrained to honor us though dead!O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!What though before us lies the open grave?Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

Harlem Renaissance

Strange FruitBillie HolidaySouthern trees bear a strange fruitBlood on the leaves and blood at the rootBlack bodies swingin' in the Southern breezeStrange fruit hangin' from the poplar treesPastoral scene of the gallant SouthThe bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouthScent of magnolias sweet and freshThen the sudden smell of burnin' fleshHere is a fruit for the crows to pluckFor the rain to gather, for the wind to suckFor the sun to rot, for the tree to dropHere is a strange and bitter crop

What a Wonderful WorldLois ArmstrongI see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself,what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue, And clouds of white. The bright blessed day, The dark sacred night. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow, So pretty in the sky. Are also on the faces, Of people going by, I see friends shaking hands. Saying, "How do you do?" They're really saying, "I love you". I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, They'll learn much more, Than I'll ever know. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world. Yes, I think to myself, What a wonderful world. Oh yeah.

Langston Hughes was one of the people that laid the foundation for the post World War 11 phase of the Civil Rights Movement. He was an American poet, social activist, and novelist. He is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

Jessie Redmon Fauset was an American editor, poet, essayist and novelist. She was very active during the Harlem Renaissance. Fauset was the literary editor of the NAACP magazine The Crisis. She also was the editor and co-author for the African-American children's magazine The Brownies' Book.

Priya Devanarayan

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