Harlem Renaissance

by Zarod Tucker


Considered the "Spiritual coming of age" in which the black community comes across its "first opportunity for group self expression and self determination." This was said by a critic and teacher named Allen Locke. The Harlem Renaissance, according to Locke, transformed "social disenchantment to race pride."

The Harlem Renaissance was a perfectly timed event. Between World War I and the Great Depression, industry in America was booming. Jobs were plentiful and industry was booming. Between the 1920's and the 1930's roughly 750,000 slaves left the South and headed for the urban areas in the North to take advantage of the prosperous situations.

The Harlem section of Manhattan, which covers just 3 square miles, drew nearly 175,000 African Americans, turning the neighborhood into the largest concentration of black people in the world.

The Poetry Foundation

If We Must Die by The Poetry Foundation

Reflection for A Dream Deferred

This poem kind of made me think a little. What does actually happen to a thought that you forget about or in this case a dream? Are the dreams erased or are they stored in the back or your mind for later remembering. Also, what happens when you don't pursue your dream? is that what you actually want? because to me all dreams are worth pursuing (even if it is crazy) just give it a shot. I don't believe they blow, shrivel, or dry up. I believe that they stay hidden until they are later brought back up, because if it is your true dream they will rise again in want or need.

Works Cited

"ArtLex on the Harlem Renaissance." ArtLex on the Harlem Renaissance. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.

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"Harlem Renaissance Style, Focus, Themes." Literature -. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

"Jacob Lawrence The Migration Series." Experience-Jacob Lawrence Migration Series. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

"A Dream Deferred." (by Langston Hughes). N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

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