The Harlem Renaissance : African American Culture

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The Harlem Renaissance: African American Culture
The Harlem Renaissance was an era where African American culture flourished. African
American music, art, theatre, literature, food, fashion, and creativity dominated in the 1920’s. It was a movement to redefine what being “black” meant to destroy the stereotypes of that society has affiliated with being a negro.
At this time, African American artists used their talents to take advantage of this opportunity to make a better life for themselves, while making a major impact on the progression for racial equality and cultural education. Many of these artists include but are not limited to:
Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Claude Mckay, Countee Cullen, Arna Bontemps,
Sterling Brown, Walter White, Zora Neale, Jean Toomer and Du Bois. Du Bois was the editor of
THE CRISIS magazine. This magazine was the journal of NAACP. This, especially, made a huge impact on the African American community.
“THE CRISIS published the poems, stories, and visual works of many artists of the period. The Renaissance was more than a literary movement: It involved racial pride, fueled in part by the militancy of the "New Negro" demanding civil and political rights.” THE CRISIS
Osgood 2 published a lot of amazing literary work, art, music, and cultural knowledge from the most influential and brilliant African American artists in Harlem. Jazz and blues attracted white people from all over the world to Harlem clubs, where interracial couples and…
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