The African American Perspective Throughout The Harlem Renaissance

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The African American Perspective Throughout the Harlem Renaissance

African Americans had to push very hard to be seen and noticed. The Harlem Renaissance was a time where they created beautiful works of art to express the strength that they had. Zora Neale Hurston, author of How It Feels to Be Colored Me, expresses the importance of white people seeing and understanding African American’s pride and history. Augusta Savage creates the sculpture Gamin as a symbol for all African Americans. Within Our Gates, starring Evelyn Preer and directed by Oscar Micheaux, gives insight into what went on in the rural south in the 1920s. How It Feels to Be Colored Me, Gamin and Within Our Gates, though different art forms, are similar in that they all demonstrate the same theme of the African American perspective.
How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston demonstrates the theme through pride of her skin color. Hurston says “I have no separate feeling about being an American citizen and colored.” (Hurston). She does not feel that the color of her skin makes her less American or sets her apart. “I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.” (Hurston). This is another example of Hurston believing that her skin color does not separate her from others. She only feels different when others point it out. “BUT I AM NOT tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all.” (Hurston). Hurston says
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