Enjoy my information on The Harlem Renaissance -Chasity Hill


Spanning the 1920s to the mid-1930s, the Harlem Renaissance was a literary, artistic, and intellectual movement that kindled a new black cultural identity. Its essence was summed up by critic and teacher Alain Locke in 1926 when he declared that through art, “Negro life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self determination.” Harlem became the center of a “spiritual coming of age” in which Locke’s “New Negro” transformed “social disillusionment to race pride.” Chiefly literary, the Renaissance included the visual arts but excluded jazz, despite its parallel emergence as a black art form.

Original poem from The Harlem Renaissance:

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When my own dreams are deferred (or put off) I feel let down. I dream big. I love to dream. I believe dreams are wishes the heart makes. So if my dreams are deferred it depresses me. I think dreaming is like believing and to me that is a wonderful thing. You can dream of many things. In fact, you can dream of all kinds of things. I think you can dream of anything you set your mind too. If your dreams are deferred sometimes you just have to let it go and keep hope. Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. Yes, it may be sad and depressing but you have to keep hope in your dreams for them to come true.

Works Cited:

"Harlem Renaissance." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.