Claude Mckay 's Harlem Dancer And Ended Around 1929

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The Harlem Renaissance began in 1918 with the publication of Claude McKay’s “Harlem Dancer” and ended around 1929. During this period, there was a wave of literary works by, and about, Blacks. The Harlem Renaissance was a period of great intellectual expression as well as introspection (Bodenner). There were several key moments and individuals that made this era of time historical. African American artists rejected imitating the ideals of white Americans and championed black artistic expression on their own terms. They explored their own identities and culture as well as exposing the larger public to their ideals. One of the main goals of the black writers and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance was to show blacks as capable individuals. Providing a positive self-image for blacks was not an easy task. The Harlem Renaissance succeeded in depicting blacks as individuals who could make great achievements, if given the opportunity (Bloom). However, continued injustices forced black intellectuals into the harsh realization that the mentality of prejudice was still deeply rooted in American society.
Looking at the important figures of this period we must start with such names as Countee Cullen, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, and Alain Locke to name a few. These intellectuals were the backbone to era and were instrumental in placing this period in a position of prominence. There were far more individuals who contributed to the relevance of the Harlem Renaissance, both black…
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