The Harlem Renaissance


What is the Harlem Renaissance?

The Harlem renaissance is a big step for the Black community. It was a literary movement in the 1920s that was centered on Harlem. It was based in a neighborhood called Harlem and it was a place were African american could be free. It was a no racism zone.
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The Harlem Neighborhood

W.E.B DuBois


DuBois was a very important person during the Harlem Renaissance. He was a leading voice for the African american trying to earn their rights. He also was a big influence in the forming of the National Association For advancement of colored people (NAACP). W.E.B was the editor of The Crisis Magazine. At this time African were being mistreated and they knew for a fact that they deserved more.
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Marcus Garvey

Founder of the UNIA

Marcus Garvey was a pretty big influence to African american not only in America but around the world. Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). His main slogan was "Back to Africa". His goal was to get African Americans in the mindset of success and that they could return home to Africa and start a dominant Empire. Garvey and W.E.B didnt have such a light relationship, Marcus felt as if the NAACP was breaking down the purity of blacks. Soon Garvey was accused by the FBI of mail fraud and was sent to jail for a couple years when he was released he was then forced to leave the country.
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Aaron Douglas


Aaron Douglas was a known artist during the Harlem Renaissance. One of his most known works of art is "Intro Bondage". Aaron isn't your typical artist he was more focused on things such as Public building ad Publication things in those categories. He help spread his knowledge through his art work.
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Langston Hughes


Langston Hughes was a known Poet during these times. His first poem was the weary blues people thought it was a master piece. That poem was important to him because he that money he made from that poem to pay for school. Through his poems his emotions were expressed it was more of a mixture of Blue, sad, dark type of poems. Langston introduced Jazz Poetry, Tons of citizens looked up to him.
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Fats Waller


Thomas Wright Waller was a big influential Jazz pianist, Singer, and comedic entertainer. One of his most know songs is "Ain't Misbehavin". The song is about a girl that he is saving his love for. The song is important because it still gives you that black and white nostalgic vibe when you listen to it; its a grade A work of art.
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The Harlem Renaissance is a very interesting time period. Its the time when Blacks started to have their own music culture and all. Its a very nostalgic time period. As much as i liked this time period it was not as good as you thought it was. Black were being treated unfairly by whites still. They were getting paid minimum wage and they wanted more because they are human also. Association like the NAACP and UNIA influenced black to step up and make some moves. People like W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey gave the blacks somebody to look up to. New music trends like Jazz also took place during this time and made everything so much better. The Harlem Renaissance was a pretty successful time for African Americans.