The Harlem Renaissance : A Period Of Ethnic Rebirth

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The Harlem Renaissance was a period of ethnic rebirth in the streets of Harlem, New York that changed the way people viewed black culture and their art. During the Great Migration, hundreds of African Americans packed their bags and moved north in search of a better life. There, they were given the chance to express themselves through their music and literature. New artists, musicians, and writers emerged from the city. Musicians like Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday performed in clubs, showcasing their talent to white audiences. Artists and photographers like James VanDerZee captured the real lives of black people living in America. Through the art, music, and literature of the Harlem Renaissance, black culture becomes ours to share and appreciate. The Harlem Renaissance began in the early 1900’s when W.E.B DuBois became the Director of Publicity and Research for the NAACP. Once he assumed this position, DuBois moved himself and his family from Atlanta, Georgia, to New York City. He knew that the NAACP could not survive in the South, where whites did anything to oppress and suppress black voices. Under DuBois, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People became an interracially run organization that ensured equal rights. This defined the mission of the NAACP and inspired many blacks to do the same. More black people began to move North along with other racial organizations such as the Nation League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes. This large influx of…

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