The Harlem Renaissance : Activism

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Expression of Black American Culture
Subsequent to World War I, America saw the dawn of the industrial age, and a labor boom that would ignite a great and steady migration of Black American(s) (BA) and Caribbean nationals to the North. Such an influx of Blacks and other immigrants began to change the landscapes of these cities from rural to urban centers, with concentrated populations that caused housing shortages, economic disparity, and social and political pressures for BA. The failed attempt to abolish slavery by law, and of the Reconstruction Era, BA were stuck within a new kind of purgatory. Their expectations of having equal rights recognized, while segregation was still actively pursued by the white majority, came as a crushing and bitter reality for southern migrants. As such, frustrations were felt by both White Americans (WA) and BA; WA began to resent the waves of migrants coming to take jobs, and overrun their cities, just as BA resented the lies they were fed that influenced their migration, as well as the conditions that were forced upon them. In a time heavy with ever growing frustrations around political, economic and social barriers, it would be a group of BA intellects and artists that would begin of movement towards acknowledging black culture and pride, known as the Harlem Renaissance.
While BA did have an apparent leader in Booker T. Washington who, in his own limited way, sought to advance the quality of life…

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