In Quicksand, how does Helga’s work with Mrs. Hayes-Rore, the race relations woman modeled in part on Booker T. Washington, and others epitomize the failings of the Harlem Renaissance? (As a point of comparison, you might consider Jessie Jackson Jr., Al Sharpton, or Lena Horne herself, who became an activist for the NAACP, though the story was written well before these figures emerged—more historically relevant would be W.E.B. Dubois or Jessie Fauset.)
In Quicksand, Helga’s work with Mrs. Hayes-Rore connects with the failings of the Harlem Renaissance by emphasizing the movement’s limited effects on earlier intellectual and segregationist approaches. Mrs. Hayes-Rore is a wealthy, intellectually oriented woman who cannot connect with the majority of African Americans. Despite actively promoting diverse elements of Black culture, the Harlem-based artists and writers could not completely displace the limitations of the established perspectives.