Harlem Renaissance Influence

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The Harlem Renaissance was a time period where African American influencers of the arts found cultural identity in a white domain in the city of Harlem New York. The Harlem Renaissance is the rebirth of African American culture in the United States. The rebirth of the African American Culture was not limited to Harlem, because it also took root in other places, such as Washington DC, Chicago, and Illinois. The positive culture of the Harlem Renaissance pointed out some of the injustices African Americans were experiencing throughout the United States, and it was portrayed in their literary arts. Original leaders in the Harlem Renaissance included James Weldon Johnson. James Weldon Johnson was one of the first publishers of contemporary black poetry of the 20th century. The name of the book he published titled “The book of American Negro Poetry” was a reflection of the writings of African American poets in the 1920s. James Weldon Johnson helped revitalize African American culture through his literary works and poetry; the Harlem Renaissance continues to influence the African American culture through the literary arts, poetry, and the influence of the originators of the Harlem Renaissance. James Weldon Johnson impacted the Harlem Renaissance through his literary works. One of these works is known today as “The Black National Anthem.” (Johnson), created in the 1900’s. The Black National Anthem was written in celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and it became originally titled as the “Negro National Anthem” as stated by the National Association for the Advancements of Colored People(NAACP). Since then it changed to “The Black National Anthem.” The words in the anthem symbolised the racism African Americans encountered. The anthem was a way of showing patriotism and hope for the future, sung today in churches, assemblies, and black events throughout the nation. One empowering part in the anthem is “We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, Till now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.” In reality, Johnson states that throughout history, African Americans have been slaughtered, beaten, and tortured. African American’s are a
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