Neal was just one of the important writers of the Black Arts Movement era. Other writers, poets, and essayists illustrated a new beginning for the black community to overcome their hardships and to rise up artistically. The concept of Black Power stemmed from the Black Arts Movement. Black Power was a political movement that arose to express a new racial consciousness among Blacks in the United States. Black Power represented a racial dignity leading to freedom from white authority in economic and political grounds.
A great deal of the work created at this time was very opinionated and designed to empower and uplift African-Americans. The movement holds a tremendous effect and influence on writers that have come in the later part of the on-going insurgence. The themes, concepts, and social questions that the Black Arts Movement artists had influenced a new generation of writers who extended and related to the Black Aesthetic in more contemporary times. Conscientious novelists now write with the purpose to communicate the definition of blackness and the variety of the “Black Experience” correlating with writers of the movement. Natasha Tretheway‘s poem “Help 1968” is one that was subsequently influenced by the logic and perspectives of the movement.
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The Harlem Renaissance was the period in history from 1919 to 1940 where the beauty, strength, and intelligence of the African American people shone brightly through profound cultural and artistic expression in literature, art, and theatre. There was a transformation in African American identity and history, but more importantly for the first time in American history, Americans read the thoughts of blacks and embraced their productions, literature, and art (Gates Jr. and McKay). The Harlem Renaissance Revisited Renaissance is used by historians to characterize some moment in culture that once dormant, has been reawakened. The Harlem Renaissance was a response to the African American people’s social conditions. It offered affirmation of their dignity and humanity in the face of their poverty and the racism that had become a part of their everyday lives.
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