The Harlem renaissance was an American cultural movement that occurred in the early twentieth century. Fueled by their newfound freedom African Americans in the north, specifically New York City used the Harlem renaissance to redefine what it meant to be Black. The renaissance aimed to form a new black community and identify. An identify based on the artistic, intellectual, and cultural traits of African Americans which made them unique. The Harlem Renaissance helped to both unify blacks, and distinguish them as an intellectually and culturally active community. The renaissance also has roots and in the culture of African Ancestors of American slaves.
The works of such figures as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston helped to embody the sentiment and goals of the renaissance. These authors created and new black narrative and gave blacks and intriguing and complex voice.
All these effects of the Harlem Renaissance helped to lay the foundation for the American Civil Rights Movement, African American culture today.