The Impact Of The Harlem Renaissance

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To some extent, the Harlem Renaissance successfully challenged the racist ideals of pre-Depression America. The Harlem Renaissance was a social, political, and cultural movement that gave birth to a generation of African-American artists who strived towards equality through their artworks and activism. The preconceived notions of African-Americans were broken through the art of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and other creators of the Renaissance, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. However, the internal dispute within the black community, tore apart the artists’ progression towards a racially-tolerant America. In addition, violent racist acts like minstrels and lynchings and hate groups such as the KKK tormented he black community and erasing the positive changes made by the Harlem Renaissance. Lastly, the discriminatory politics of the era, most notably the presidency of the ignorant Calvin Coolidge and the Jim Crow laws suffocated progress made by the renaissance.

The Harlem Renaissance challenged the racially-discriminate zeitgeist that held preconceived perceptions of African-American identity, and combated such racism through the NAACP and the artists of the time, paving the way for later civil rights movements. To contextualise, due to the escalating racial tensions and lack of economic opportunities in the American South, many African-Americans migrated to the North post war, particularly Harlem, for a chance to “find an identity
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