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THE Harlem Renaissance

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THE Harlem Renaissance

•Marina Britton
•Imani Lewis
•Amber Edwards
•Jehrade McIntosh


The aims of this presentation are to:
Provide a thorough yet concise
explanation of The Harlem Renaissance.
List and explain the catalysts of the
Examine the movement from literary,
social and cultural perspectives.
Highlight and discuss the key figures and
events linked to the renaissance.
Discuss the effects as well as failures of
the movement.

What was The Harlem

According to Richard Wormser, “The
Harlem Renaissance was the name
given to the cultural, social, and artistic
explosion that took place in Harlem
between the end of World War I and
the middle of the 1930s.”

What Caused The

The Great Migration
New Era of Black Nationalism
The aftermath of WW1
1876 Presidential Election
Locus Classicus: Plessey V. Ferguson

The Harlem Renaissance
and Literature

The Harlem Renaissance
and Society

The Harlem Renaissance
and Culture

Who were the Leaders of
the Renaissance?

Significant Occurrences of
the Renaissance
Alain Locke (leader of HR) declared in 1926 that through art, “Negro life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self determination.” Harlem became the center of a “spiritual coming of age” in which Locke’s ideas transformed “social disillusionment to racial pride.”

Literature focused on a realistic portrayal of black life and conservative black critics feared that the depiction of ghetto realism would impede the cause of racial equality.
The Harlem Renaissance influenced future generations of black writers, but it was largely ignored by the literary establishment after it waned in the 1930s. With the occurrence of the civil rights movement, it again acquired wider recognition.

What were the effects of
the Renaissance?

The Harlem Renaissance, also known as the “New Negro
Movement” was one of the corresponding effects of how upper class white Americans migrated and colonized African
Americans and there culture into rundown parts of Northeast
and Midwest America.
The legacy of the Harlem Renaissance redefined the way
African Americans were viewed by the world. By many, they
were no longer viewed as less than human and uneducated
beings. Their new assimilated sophistication to the idea of
“American Culture” led to worldwide opportunity for blacks to become involved in society, socially, and economically on an international level.
During this time African Americans progressively began to unite defining black community which aided the struggles they faced during the ensuing era of the 1950’s Civil Rights Movement.

What were the
Shortcomings of the

To critics, The Harlem Renaissance can be viewed as an
attempt of the African American people to rid
themselves of their deeply rooted African culture in
attempt to develop a new one. One that obtained
aspects of European culture but in a sufficiently
separate way.
While claiming new racial independence African
Americans resulted to mimicry adopting the clothing,
mannerisms, and etiquette of white Americans while
developing the revolution.
The fact that blacks were viewed globally as a minority
hindered The “New Negro” from escaping “white
values” due to their strength as the majority.

The Renaissance and
Lorraine Hansberry

Terms From The Harlem
Harlem Renaissance: black
person, passing as a white
person in the U.S. *General: a
person passing as another
Negro Zionism
strategies like rebellion,
secession, or the various Back
to Africa movements
a person of mixed white and
black ancestry, esp. a person
with one white and one black

Expressions of the HARLEM

Harlem is vicious
Vicious the way it's
Can you stand such
So violent and

- Amiri Baraka (LeRoi

Harlem ... Harlem
Black, black Harlem
Souls of Black Folk
Ask Du Bois
Little grey restless feet
Ask Claude McKay
City of Refuge
Ask Rudolph Fisher
Don't damn your body's itch
Ask Countee Cullen
Does the jazz band sob?
Ask Langston Hughes
Nigger Heaven
Ask Carl Van Vechten
Hey! ... Hey!
" ... Say it brother
Say it ..."

- Frank Horne, "Harlem"

Work cited

American Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 1,
Special Issue: Modernist Culture in
America (Spring, 1987), pp. 84-97
The Journal of Blacks in Higher
Education, No. 11 (Spring, 1996), pp.

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