Harlem Renaissance

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Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance is the explosion of African American artists, muscisians, writers, and photographers during the 1920's and 1930's that took place in Harlem.

Harlem ShadowsBY CLAUDE MCKAYI hear the halting footsteps of a lass In Negro Harlem when the night lets fallIts veil. I see the shapes of girls who pass To bend and barter at desire's call.Ah, little dark girls who in slippered feetGo prowling through the night from street to street!Through the long night until the silver break Of day the little gray feet know no rest;Through the lone night until the last snow-flake Has dropped from heaven upon the earth's white breast,The dusky, half-clad girls of tired feetAre trudging, thinly shod, from street to street.Ah, stern harsh world, that in the wretched way Of poverty, dishonor and disgrace,Has pushed the timid little feet of clay, The sacred brown feet of my fallen race!Ah, heart of me, the weary, weary feetIn Harlem wandering from street to street.



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Langston HughesI, too, sing America.I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh,And eat well,And grow strong.Tomorrow,I'll be at the tableWhen company comes.Nobody'll dareSay to me,"Eat in the kitchen,"Then.Besides,They'll see how beautiful I amAnd be ashamed--I, too, am America.

IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE LYRICSHarlem Renaissance, a revolution betrayedModern day slaves thinkin that the ghetto is saved'Til they start deportin people off the propertyEthnically cleansin the hood, economicallyThey wanna kill the real Harlem RenaissanceTryin to put the Virgin Mary through a early menopauseThe savior is a metaphor for how we set it offGuerrilla war against the re-zoning predators

God Bless the Child LyricsBy: Billie HolidayThem that's got shall haveThem that's not shall loseSo the Bible said and it still is newsMama may have, Papa may haveBut God bless the child that's got his ownThat's got his ownYes, the strong gets moreWhile the weak ones fadeEmpty pockets don't ever make the gradeMama may have, Papa may haveBut God bless the child that's got his ownThat's got his own

Jean Toomer (top left picture)contributed to the movement by writing poems and books. Jessie Fauset (top right) also contributed by editing the magazines that were published during the Harlem Renaissance time period.

The Harlem Renaissance celebrated African American herritage by encouraging them to spread their culture. They did this by dancing, writing poetry, songs, and books, and embraced thier style.


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