The 1920's was known as the golden age of America due to the manifestation of music, literature, and art thanks to the contributions of Black artists. For the first time in American history, black Americans rose up from slaves to leaders - breaking racial standards.
Breakthroughs of this era symbolizes a new beginning for not only black Americans but for the nation as a whole because the country was once overpowered by Jim Crow laws however accomplishments by black leaders during the Harlem Renaissance was louder than the the voice of oppression. Harlem was a new version of the statue of liberty, one that represents a true freedom for all Americans, not just the white males.
Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star and comedian and was considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history. The ascent of jazz music continued to break racial barriers because white men were enjoying the work by black artists.
Zora Neale Hurtson grew up in a colored town so to her, being colored was normal however that changed at the age of 13 when she was sent to school in Jacksonville. That is when she was constantly reminded she is the granddaughter of slaves but the era highlighted successes in African American culture and was unfazed because slavery was sixty years in the past.
In Marcus Garveys "African Fundamentalism" Garvey enlightens readers that ones opinion is not to be subjected by another but in this world, Arts and sciences from Africa were being taken and exploited, now black leaders of the Harlem Renaissance were no longer allowing their industries to be taken from them. To honor their ancestors struggles, they would show the world what they are capable of.
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