The Independent

The Harlem Renaissance


Harlem is a large neighborhood in the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Since the 1920s, Harlem has been known as a major African-American residential, cultural and business center. Originally a Dutch village, formally organized in 1658,[5] it is named after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. Harlem's history has been defined by a series of economic boom-and-bust cycles, with significant population shifts accompanying each cycle

Important People Who Made It Happen


These are the ‘legendary’ and the ‘not often mentioned’ talents, namely, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jessie Redmond Fauset, Jean Toomer, Arna Bontemps, Rudolph Fisher, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker and many more.