Black American History: The Harlem Renaissance

0 Posted by - February 13, 2014 - By The Dawn's Early Light, Feature

Nothing excites me more than anything that has to do with the Harlem Renaissance; a time when different pieces of our culture were fused together to conceptualize the “negro” aside from any other culture.  Built on the foundations of the Great Migration, this movement laid the groundwork for African-American literature, and served as a platform for Black music, visual, and theater arts.  As Blacks desired to express themselves and their heritage in a more assertive way, the “New Negro” as described by Alain Locke was born.  As the Great Depression bought the “Roaring Twenties” to a halt, thus ended this wonderful era for African-Americans (which trailed into the 30s and early 40s).  However, many of the themes lived on, especially in Literature.  Here are a few highlights of the era shown through Literature, Art, and Music.  Enjoy!



The Poetry of Langston Hughes

The New Negro – Alain Locke

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neal Hurston

Quicksand – Nella Larsen

Not Without Laughter – Langston Hughes

The Book of American Negro Poetry – James Weldon Johnson

Fire!! (A Quarterly Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists)



Palmer Hayden – Jeunesse

Aaron Douglas – Sahdji


James Van Der Zee – The Moorish Jews of Harlem


Aaron Douglas - The Crucifixion - 1927 Painting

Aaron Douglas – The Crucifixion


Richmond Barthe’ – Blackberry Woman


Sargent Claude Johnson

Sargent Claude Johnson – Mask



Billie Holiday – Easy Living


Duke Ellington – Black, Brown, and Beige Suite


William Grant Still – Symphony no. 2


Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher


Miles Davis – Blue in Green


Louis Armstrong – Basin Street Blues



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