Jillian Galang Period 5
The Harlem Renaissance became the first time to have critics and publishers took African American literature seriously, and have the art and literature gain significant attention from the nation. It introduced white New Yorkers to black music, theater, and entertainment and helped generated the white fascination with Harlem and the African American arts.
The Harlem Renaissance was the "Black Awakening" that seeped through literature, art, and music. Gave the African Americans an a renewed image and a fresh outlook. Harlem has been the breeding ground for creative endeavors by authors, poets, musicians, and artists. It is remembered as the "Mecca of the African-American" and the legendary land that created history for the African-American folk.
Harlem Renaissance, a blossoming of African American culture, particularly in the creative arts, from about 1918 to 1937. New York City had an extraordinarily diverse and decentered black social world in which not one group could monopolize cultural authority. Harlem helped give the "New Negroes" visibility and opportunities for publication not elsewhere.
Originally called the "Negro Movement," It was the time period that African-Americans were prideful of their natural talents and use their determination through art. During the Harlem Renaissance, they had passion when creating their work and they had a voice. From the huge success in Harlem, it was a very inspirational and influential time for the African-Americans.
African American culture was reborn in the Harlem Renaissance. Claude Mckay urged African Americans to stand up for their rights in his verses. No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped American Society as much as jazz. Thousands of people went to see the same performers night after night. Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong drew huge audiences as white Americans as well as African Americans. The artists of the Harlem Renaissance transformed African American culture. For the first time, white America could not look away.