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1 By: Camerone Bryant and Brittany Williams
How Did Gwendolyn Bennett and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Contribute to the Harlem Renaissance? By: Camerone Bryant and Brittany Williams

2 Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Born in Richmond, Virginia May 25, 1949 Bill “Bojangles” was born Luther Robinson Raised by his grandmother-Bedilia after the death of both parents in 1885 Married 3 times Became famous amongst both black and white audiences Drum major Began dancing at the age of 5 Quit school at the age of 7 to pursue his dancing care

3 Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Achieved great success as a night club and musical comedy performer Best known for his Broadway performances and film roles

4 Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Rise to Fame
Became famous because ; Of his high levels of energy during performances He joked and interacted with the audience He inserted various styles of steps while he tapped danced such as skating steps and “jig” “Jig” is a form of lively folk dancing He created new dance steps, like he did in his famous “stair dance”.

5 Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and the Harlem Rennassaince
Bill “Bojangles” contributed to the Harlem Renaissance by; Being a major attribute and influencing music and theater Donating much all of his wealth to charities in Harlem Co-founding the New York black Yankees baseball team in Harlem Co-founding the Negro Actors Guild of America- campaigned for the rights of black performers Help from is second wife-Frannie S. Clay-who was his assistant manager

6 Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Died on Nov 25, 1949 from a chronic heart condition In 1989, National tap dance day was put in place for Bill “Bojangles” on the date of May 25-Bill’s birthday Public Park in Harlem was named after Mr. Robinson in honor of his charity contributions

7 Modern Day Artist Savion Glover Black tap dancer Actor
Performed in broad way shows “Bring in Da Noise, Bring I Da Funk”

8 Gwendolyn Bennett Born in Gibbings Texas on July 8th, 1902
Studied fine arts at Columbia University and Pratt Institute Published short stories and various poems that focused on Blacks and their experiences in the U.S during her time

9 Gwendolyn Bennet Became famous through many of her poems and short stories Well known for her support groups and her encouragement of other artist and writers In 1972, Gwendolyn formed a support group with the goal of providing ideas for others with similar interest.

10 Gwendolyn’s Poem Quatrains -Gwendolyn Bennett
Brushes and paints are all I have To speak the music in my soul— While silently there laughs at me A copper jar beside a pale green bowl. How strange that grass should sing— Grass is so still a thing ... And strange the swift surprise of snow So soft it falls and slow.- -Gwendolyn Bennett

11 Gwendolyn Bennett and the Harlem Ranaissance
Gwendolyn Bennett contributed to the Harlem Renaissance by; Using her poems to express her feelings and those of the black c0mmunity Providing paintings that focused on culture

12 Modern Day Poet Maya Angelou
Written poems about the expressed feelings of the black community Joined the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950’s Organization of black writers that helps aid the works of other writers

13 Maya Angelou’s Poem You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops. Weakened by my soulful cries. Does my haughtiness offend you? Don't you take it awful hard 'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin' in my own back yard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise. 

14 Works Cited Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. n.p. Bio.True Story. A+E Television Networks,LLC n.d. web. March 17, “Musical tap dance in the 2oth century”. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. N.p. n.d. web. March 15, Musical tap dance in the 2oth century”. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson “Savion Glover.biography”. Bio.True Story. A+E Networks. n.d. n.p. web. March 12, Haas, Theresa. “Bennet, Gwendolyn B.” n.p. n.d.web. March 17, Bennet, Gwendolyn. “Quatrains”. Poets. Org; from the Academy of American p0ets. n.d. web. March 13, Angelou, Maya. “Poem hunter.com.” Still I Rise. n.p. n.d. web. March 13, “Little Colonel Bojangles Dance”. Youtube. Feb 28, web. March 16, “Savion Glover”. Youtube. June 3, web. March 15,2013.


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