The New Negro Movement: The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance was the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York in the 1920s. The renaissance was more than just a literary movement, it involved racial pride. This was a time for cultural explosion, after African Americans had dealt with years of slavery and the fight or abolition. The encounters with music art and literature of the Harlem Renaissance impacted American society by bringing light to artists, such as writers, musicians and painters that challenged the white society’s ideas about African Americans.
Originally called the New Negro Movement the Harlem Renaissance took place in the early 1900s in particular the 1920s.With the Great Migration relocating more than 6 million African Americans from rural southern areas to well populated northern cities such as New York and Chicago. During the Great Migration, “African …show more content…

However, “With racism still rampant and economic opportunities scarce, creative expression was one of the few avenues available to African Americans...” (“Great Days in Harlem”). Which led to an increase of black writers and musicians. These writers became popular when, “The white literary establishment soon became fascinated with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance and began publishing them in larger numbers.”(“Great Days in Harlem”). The publishing of these works influenced today’s society by making writers such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps.
The Harlem Renaissance had a lot of influence on modern day art because many artist white and black drew inspiration from traditional African sculptures. In the 1900s, “the aesthetics of traditional African sculpture became a powerful influence among European artists who formed an avant-garde in the development of modern art.”(“African

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