The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance, originally called the New Negro Movement, was a time period in which all freed African Americans began to make music and express themselves unwillingly. This era was described as a boom in the evolution of music, the arts, poetry, and novels. African Americans migrated towards Harlem, a community in Northern Manhattan. According to outsiders, Harlem was mostly referred to as the “ Decentered Black Social World.” It acquired this name because only the most well-known black socialists lived and worked in this small, yet powerful society.
The Harlem community was considered one of the music empires of the world in the early 1900s. Not many of the aspiring black artists, musicians, or writers of the time were from Harlem; though it seems that almost all had performed or pursued their careers there. James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Alain Locke, and Charles S. Johnson were all wonderful inspirations for rising artists soon to be. They helped mentor people such as Langston Hughes into being a world-known name. These leaders were vocally talented and provided as wonderful role-models for the new stars. Between 1920 and 1930, almost 750,000 African Americans left the South. These individuals sang and fought through their struggles during slavery and Civil War; this made their music and art even deeper with more feeling and passion. Citizens all across America enjoy hearing the stories of the hardships in the last century and how they overcame these.

Jazz was the most influential genre of music throughout the Harlem Renaissance. Famous musicians such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Bessie Smith had a massive impact on the aspect of Jazz to this day. As stated in The New York Times, 1922, it seems a...

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...ent though; Hughes was writing for the members of the black community and writing for the safety for their lives.

Hughes brought much attention and praise to all of the writers of Harlem when he wrote his famous poem, “Harlem”. This poem is short but very meaningful while accurately describing the struggles of his life before and his newly found life in the city of Harlem.
The musicians, artists and writers living during The Harlem Renaissance changed the view on creative arts completely. These people put diversity into the once “all-white” society and transformed it into something wonderful.This era was filled with a ton of talent, but all of the talent was soon forgotten and The Harlem Renaissance ended when the Great Depression started. The Harlem Renaissance was remembered for embracing the literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts of the 1900s.
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