Harlem Renaissance Summary

What is a good summary of the Harlem Renaissance?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that the Harlem Renaissance can be summarized with the concept of the emergence of voice.  The Harlem Renaissance was one of the first moments in American History where the voices that were relegated to the margin strove to be heard, and demanded to be brought into the center.  Thinkers like Hughes or Hurston did not offer to wait, nor did they embrace the idea of being pushed aside.  They brought the voice of Black America into the dialogue, forcing the issue to be heard.  The idea of experiencing a narrative that might have been different from the cultural majority began to gain prominence because of the Harlem Renaissance.  Rather than this difference being a source of shame and private grief, the Harlem Renaissance brought it out in the open, owning it, and through the demand to be heard empowered all those who participated in the Harlem Renaissance through writing, reading, or believing in its ideals.

ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with both of the previous respondants.  The Harlem Renaissance was in response to the continued bigotry and the "separate but equal laws" in the south.  It was a convergence of people who wanted to be able to educate and express themselves.  During this time, theater, music, and culture exploded.  The genre of Jazz came out of the Harlem Renaissance, as did the a new way of playing the piano called the Harlem Stride Style. 

"Characterizing the Harlem Renaissance was an overt racial pride that came to be represented in the idea of the New Negro, who through intellect and production of literature, art, and music could challenge the pervading racism and stereotypes  to promote progressive or socialist politics, and racial and social integration."

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Harlem Renaissance during the 1920's and 1930's was known at the time as the "New Negro Movement." It was a time when intellectual growth was at a peak for African Americans.

A very important figure during this time was a man named Hubert Harrison. He founded a newspaper called The Voice. This newspaper was political but also focused a great deal on the arts.

Your completely correct in saying that the Harlem Renaissance was much more than history and culture. It sparked uniqueness and self confidence. It redefined how people all over America (and the world) viewed African Americans. This is what I would focus on in your paper.

thewanderlust878 | Student

The Harlem Renaissance was a time where people who were African American, or involved themselves with the African American community, thrived. It was a time of great discovery, mostly in the arts. Many wonderful African American poets, authors, musicians, and artists emerged in that time period and are still highly regarded today. 

Yojana_Thapa | Student

The Harlem Renaissance thrives during the Roaring 20's. It was a outpouring of Black artistic and literary creativity. Harlem Renaissance writers and artists expressed pride in their African American Culture. Key figures in the Harlem Renaissance would include James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Josephine Baker, Duke Ellington....

centcentgooden | Student

The Harlem Renaissance is about what was involved and what the Harlem Renaissance was. It is also about how it came about. There is a lot dealing with the Renaissance. There have been a lot of people in it. This was not just an explosion of African American history. It was a new beginning for blacks and our future. It gave African Americans pride in them. It made them feel like anything and everything was possible. That nothing could stop them. Nothing could stand in their way. The people involved became very important to African American history and to black culture. They became very famous. But, that’s not just all of it. It is much more.

The Harlem Renaissance happened during the 1920s and 1930s.  It was known as the “New Negro Movement”.  It was a time when intellectual growth was at the peak for African Americans.  An important figure to the Renaissance was a man named Hubert Harrison.  He founded the newspaper called The Voice.  This newspaper was political but also focused a great deal of the arts.  It sparked uniqueness and self confidence.  It redefined how people all over America and the world, viewed African Americans. 

There are a lot of things people can name that happened during the Harlem Renaissance.  They name how much art was involved.  They can name all the artists and writers.  That would be a very long list!  There was so much stuff involved, that it would take days to list them.  There were some organizations involved also.  It helped recognize African Americans too.  It helped black people feel important.  This event help African Americans become recognized in America.  It put African Americans on the map.  This has gone down in African American history forever. This is a great factor in black people lives.  This was one of the first American moments.   This is very important to my history and other African Americans.  Every African American should know about this. This is important history for America.


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