The Harlem Renaissance : A Literary, Artistic, Cultural And Intellectual Movement

1485 Words Jan 14th, 2015 6 Pages
Tatiana Moore
Mrs. Donald
English III
26 March 2014
The Harlem Renaissance The Harlem Renaissance was a literary, artistic, cultural and intellectual movement. The word renaissance means rebirth or revival. African Americans during this time were being pressured by Jim Crow Laws in the South. These laws separated the races tremendously (Roses). African Americans appeared ignorant, poor, and servile. Hate groups and hate crimes alarmed families, and they collectively decided it was time to make a change. Blacks, also known as rural, uneducated peasants, became urban and sophisticated. The purpose of this paper is to explain the events during The Harlem Renaissance (Jillian). During this time, the main focuses of many African Americans were to achieve equality. The South had become known as a place of racial tension and unequal rights for all African Americans. The first major movements began around 1923 and flourished until the depression. The promise of a better life caused the Great Migration from the rural South to the suburban areas in the North. Harlem, New York became the center of attention. Well known educated figures began to take a stand. W.E.B. Dubois and the Talented Tenth worked together to fight Jim Crow Laws and demanded equal rights for African Americans. W.E.B. DuBois was an American Civil Rights activists. In 1905, he founded the Niagara Movement, a protest group of scholars and professional. He was also among the founders of the NAACP and became an editor…
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