Harlem Renaissance

Megan Livengood


The Harlem Renaissance started in the 1920's and went up throughout the 1930's. This movement inspired new artist and literary people. It was the "spiritual coming of age" or some people called it the "New Negro". The brain of the movement included Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Rudolf Fisher, Wallace Thurman, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, and Zora Neale Hurston. An older generation of writers and intellectuals–James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Alain Locke, and Charles S. Johnson–served as mentors. The Renaissance was fueled by the whites fascination of the way of the blacks lived. It was sought and written out by black writers. With much of the literature focusing on a realistic portrayal of black life, conservative black critics feared that the depiction of ghetto realism would impede the cause of racial equality. The intent of the movement, however, was not political but aesthetic. Any benefit a burgeoning black contribution to literature might have in defraying racial prejudice was secondary to, as Langston Hughes put it, the “expression of our individual dark-skinned selves.” The Harlem Renaissance brought a new influence to black people to write but it was largely ignored by the literary establishments.
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Ben Soares

"As I Grew Older" Langston Hughes by Ben Soares


Deferred is when you put something to the side for later. Knowing from experience dreams only comes up once and then goes away. Dreams are like opportunity, if you don't take up on the chance it may never come around again. Most of the time dreams are put to the side because people don't really know that it's what they really want to do. When my dreams are deferred I feel regret afterwards. I don't know what to do besides wait for another one. Being a teenager, I have plenty of dreams to look forward to.

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"Exhibitions." African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.