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1 The Roaring 20s: African American Culture
Ch 7.3

2 Thursday, March 22, 2012 Daily Goal: Understand that the Harlem Renaissance was a form of African American Artistic expression and social protest. Ch 7.2 Notes Analysis Explain what technological innovations helped created a mass media and popular culture: Examples: Radio, Talkies, Popular Culture.

3 Harlem Renaissance The center of flowering African American Culture and Arts was in the New York neighborhood of Harlem. Writers and Musicians expressed their anger, frustrations and dreams through their arts like Jazz, Blues and Poetry.

4 Discussion Questions Can music be used as a form of protest or to send a political message? Can you think of any examples?



7 Jazz Jazz became incredibly popular form of music during the 1920s.
Jazz was an expression of the struggles which African Americans dealt with during this period. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were notable Jazz musicians of the time.

8 Oscar DePriest


10 African American Politics
In 1928 Oscar DePriest was the first African American from the North elected to Congress. The NAACP lobbied Congress to pass anti-lynching laws to protect the rights of African Americans.

11 Discussion Questions What is the difference between a country and a nation? Example: The United Kingdom is one country with four nations within it: England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. What is nationalism? How does it compare to Patriotism?





16 Black Nationalism Marcus Garvey started the United Negro Improvement Association and “Negro Nationalism” which glorified black culture and history. Garvey believed African Americans would never achieve justice and equality in the US and began the Back to Africa Movement.

17 Marcus Garvey in his own words
“The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.” “Africa for the Africans... at home and abroad!” “I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa; there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there.”

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