Presentation on theme: "The Harlem Renaissance Harlem, NY – 1920’s An upsurge in African American cultural expression."— Presentation transcript:
The Harlem Renaissance Harlem, NY – 1920’s An upsurge in African American cultural expression
Renaissance – a rebirth or revival Usually refers to European Renaissance of 1300-1600 An era of curiosity and innovation in science, architecture & fine arts A rebirth of the Golden Age of ancient Greece and Rome
Harlem Renaissance After WWI – a huge African American migration to the North Harlem (in NYC) welcomed writers, artists, musicians, performers, doctors, students and shopkeepers
Literature – the “Talented Tenth” Highly educated writers promoted the African American identity in poetry, short stories and drama. Harlem newspapers Crisis and Opportunity published new works.
Harlem Literary Magazines Writings celebrated rhythms of blues and jazz Captured street-wise wit of “real” African- American people Expressed frustration of a “dream deferred””
Langston Hughes – one of America’s most celebrated writers of poetry and fiction
Harlem Renaissance Authors Row 1: (left to right) Countee Cullen and Alice Dunbar-Nelson Row 2: Angelina Weld Grimké and Langston Hughes Row 3: Alain Locke and Claude McKay Row 4: Wallace Thurman and Carl Van Vechten