What Was the Harlem Renaissance? A literary an artistic movement celebrating African American culture beginning in the 1920s.
Causes of the Harlem Renaissance The Great Migration Thousands of African Americans moved to northern cities from southern towns. Organizations like the NAACP, and the UNIA advocated for the rights and culture of African Americans.
The Harlem Renaissance Flowers in New York The literary aspect of the Renaissance was the most impressive. Poet Claude McKay A militant poet urging African Americans to resist prejudice and discrimination. He also expressed pain in he life of the ghetto. Langston Hughes The best known poet of the movement. His poems talked about the difficulties of everyday life of working class African Americans. Zora Neale Hurston Most accomplished female writer of the movement.
Other Cultural Aspects of the Harlem Renaissance Many African American actors and singers achieved notoriety. Jazz Music was a virtual soundtrack for Harlem. Louis Armstrong, “Duke” Ellington, and Bessie Smith were among popular Jazz musicians of the day.
Primary Source Activity from, “When the Negro Was in Vogue”. Read the excerpt from Langston Hughes’s Biography and answer questions 1, 2, and 3 in complete sentences.