The Harlem Renaissance By African Americans

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Arising in the heart of Harlem, New York throughout the early to mid 1900 's, the Harlem Renaissance was a movement in which African Americans took initiative towards establishing a cultural identity. The Harlem Renaissance marked the first time in which white America began to develop an interest in the African American race and heritage. The movement was declared as the most crucial factors towards the attainment of the American Dream by African Americans. Aspects of African American heritage were portrayed mainly throughout the visual arts, such as: art, theater, music, and literature. One of the most influential arts throughout the movement was poetry. Poems written throughout the Harlem Renaissance influenced the African American race to attain the American Dream by encouraging them to stand up and fight for the social and economic equality they deserved. A superiority of the influential poetry written throughout the Harlem Renaissance was created by a talented group of African American writers that were known as the "Talented Tenth." This group was constructed of infamous writers such as Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Zora Neale Hurston. These writers broke down racial barriers created between white America and black America. Through their works, the various American cultures merged and established a society in which all races would have equal opportunities and be open to the attainment of the American Dream. As stated in "The Intellectual Luminaries of the
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