This painting titled "From Slavery through Reconstruction" by Aaron Douglass exhibits a timeline of African American life in society. He portrays both the harsh conditions that were endured (focusing on the left side) and the rebirth of African American culture (seen on the right). Douglass includes key details of forms of expression that were used to represent ideas in the Harlem Renaissance, such as jazz.
In his book, Debois presents the lives of African Americans and their troubles in society. Through this he reveals that society today is filled with aspects of African culture and they are seen as immensely beautiful but it was once frowned upon. Debois encourages readers to accept their culture to make it apparent in society, especially with the Harlem Renaissance.
This painting is one of Langston Hughes, by Winold Reiss. He painted many different people with widely diverse backgrounds, colors, and looks. Reiss strove to include everyone in his paintings as a way to showcase what each group had to offer, and possibly put an end to racial discrimination. With the Harlem Renaissance in motion, he began to work on more African Americans to add to the movement and represent them.
Zora Neale Hurston explains in her work how people are more than their race, and there is nothing wrong with someone being a different color than their surroundings. She recognizes that people are not always kind to her but she does not let it take away from her true image and beauty. While this piece does include racial dilemmas in society, it focuses more on fixing the situation and revealing the essence of the Harlem Renaissance -- skin color does not signify anything.
Egyptian Heritage by Lois Mailou Jones represents African culture in an astonishing way, adding to the Harlem Renaissance. She gained most of her techniques from old African art styles and she makes sure to incorporate her background into her work. This piece touches on the beauty of African culture and life as a whole, as it envelops different stages of African women throughout the centuries. It is the heart of the Harlem Renaissance