Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his career. He is a major figure and influence in the history of Jazz music which became popular during the times of the Harlem Renaissance.
Zora Neale Hurston became one of Harlem's greatest influences as her house was a popular spot for social gatherings along with friends such as Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. They began a social mgazine which became popular especiallyin harlem titled "Fire!"
Marcus Garvey inspired many African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance because of his message of pride and dignity during his fight for Civil Rights in the 1950s and 1960s.
Langston Hughes was one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, which was the African American artistic movement in the 1920s that celebrated black life and culture.
As literary editor for The Crisis, Jessie Fauset supported many new ideals and voices during the Harlem Renaissance and encouraged many other writers such as Langston Hughes and Jean Toomer.