A New Beginning For African Americans

1291 Words Nov 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Marisa Pope
EH-232 American Literature II
Professor Alan Brown
November 19, 2016
A New Beginning for African Americans
From the 1920’s to the mid 1930’s a literary, intellectual, and artistic movement occurred that kindled the African Americans a new cultural identity. This movement became known as the Harlem Renaissance, which is also known as the “New Negro Movement”. With this movement, African Americans sought out to challenge the “Negro” stereotype that they had received from others while developing innovation and great cultural activity. The Harlem Renaissance became an artistic explosion in the creative arts. Thus, many African Americans turned to writing, art, music, and theatrics to express their selves.
The Harlem Renaissance opened doors to the African American people who traveled from the south. This huge movement was known was the Great Migration, where over six million African Americans were driven from their homes by insufficient economic opportunities and punitive segregationist laws, many blacks headed north, where they took advantage of the need for industrial workers that first arose during the First World War. A teacher and critic by the name of Alan Locke coined the name “Harlem Renaissance” because of its essence. Locke states “Negro life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self-determination” (Staff). With this name Harlem became the center of a divine coming of age in which Locke’s “New Negro” altered “social [discouragement] into…
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