Cultural Impact Of The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance showed a bizarre cultural change that helped the image of Africans around the world. The Renaissance’s purpose was to project the rebirth of the African American arts. Though, it originally wasn’t known as the Harlem Renaissance, but instead called the Negro Renaissance by Alain Locke. It all started with a insane migration of African Americans traveling north to pursue a new future for themselves and their families. With Harlem being the focus of where most of the African American migrate to, it also became where the America’s culture shifted. The Harlem Renaissance removed the old views of how blacks are supposed to be treated as slaves and gave them a way to show that they aren’t that different compared to other races.
Jazz was the creation of the combination of African rhythm and the European harmony. It was popular enough to bring the attention of the whites towards the African American community. Soon enough, people of all backgrounds were willing to cross into the Harlem community to enjoy the exotic music jazz provides. With it’s insane popularity, the term “New Negro” was created where the black cultural community was able to establish a connection with New York’s artistic mainstream. Hence it assisted in breaking down the stereotype barrier that once separated the white and black community since the founding of the United States. Joel Augustus Rogers, a journalist, believed that along with poetry, music was one of the fine arts that penetrated the soul and bring out all the richness and sincerity of the man (Asukile 24). However, the information of jazz did not become popular until Rogers wrote Jazz at Home. For that reason Rogers stated, “Locke included it in The New Negro (1925), which became the cultural landmark anthology of the Harlem Renaissance” (Asukile 23).
The popularity of jazz raised in the white community when Paul Whiteman introduced jazz orchestra to them. Paul Whiteman’s ability to take the best improvisations of jazz and coordinate it to jazz orchestra gave him the title “King of Jazz” by white critics. Yet, Whiteman had declined the title for “King of Jazz”. Whiteman believed that jazz was a African-American invention and he did not have the ability to
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