Harlem Renaisssance by Kyle Russell

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Harlem Renaisssance by Kyle Russell

Harlem Renaissance

What is it?The Harlem Renaissance happened in the mid 1930s and was a huge cutural, social, and artistic time period that was a celebration by the African Americans.

DreamsHold fast to dreamsFor if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged birdThat cannot fly.Hold fast to dreamsFor when dreams goLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snow. -Langston Hughes

I, tooI, 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. -Langston Hughes

BESSIE SMITH"Foolish Man Blues"(Bessie Smith)Men sure is deceitful and they's gettin' worser ev'ry dayMen sure is deceitful and they's gettin' worser ev'ry dayAct like a bunch of women, they's just-a gab, gab, gabbin' awayThere's two things got me puzzled, there's two things I can't standThere's two things got me puzzled, there's two things I can't standA mannish actin' woman and a skippin' twistin' woman actin' manI used to love a man, he always made my poor heart acheI used to love a man, he always made my poor heart acheHe was crooked as a corkscrew and evil as a copperhead snakeI know a certain man who spent a year runnin' a poor gal downI know a certain man who spent a year runnin' a poor gal downAnd when she let him kiss her, the fool blabbed it all over town

Bessie Smith – Back Water Blues LyricsWhen it rains five days and the skies turn dark as nightWhen it rains five days and the skies turn dark as nightThen trouble's takin' place in the lowlands at nightI woke up this mornin', can't even get out of my doorI woke up this mornin', can't even get out of my doorThere's been enough trouble to make a poor girl wonder where she want to goThen they rowed a little boat about five miles 'cross the pondThen they rowed a little boat about five miles 'cross the pondI packed all my clothes, throwed them in and they rowed me alongWhen it thunders and lightnin' and when the wind begins to blowWhen it thunders and lightnin' and the wind begins to blowThere's thousands of people ain't got no place to goThen I went and stood upon some high old lonesome hillThen I went and stood upon some high old lonesome hillThen looked down on the house were I used to liveBackwater blues done call me to pack my things and goBackwater blues done call me to pack my things and go'Cause my house fell down and I can't live there no moreMmm, I can't move no moreMmm, I can't move no moreThere ain't no place for a poor old girl to go

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong was a trumpet player and is one of the most inspirational artists because of his work.

Langston HughesHe was a poet, novelist, and playwright who contributed to the movement by inspiring other to do what they want.

The Harlem Renaissance celebrated African American Heritage because this was one of the first times that the African American were famous and popular, it was one of their first movements.


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