Harlem Renaissance Summary

What is a good summary of the Harlem Renaissance?

The Harlem Renaissance was a time of growth and development for African Americans. It set the tone for how African Americans were viewed by others. It emphasized their "unique"

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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 ...

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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.

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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."

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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.

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