Harlem Renaissance

African-American cultural movement in New York City in the 1920s

The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual revival of African American art and literature centered in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, spanning the 1920s. At the time, it was known as the "New Negro Movement", named after The New Negro, a 1925 anthology edited by Alain Locke. The movement also included the new African-American cultural expressions across the urban areas in the Northeast and Midwest United States affected by the Great Migration, of which Harlem was the largest. Though it was centered in the Harlem neighborhood, many francophone black writers from African and Caribbean colonies who lived in Paris were also influenced by the movement, which spanned from about 1918 until the mid-1930s. Many of its ideas lived on much longer. The zenith of this "flowering of Negro literature", as James Weldon Johnson preferred to call the Harlem Renaissance, took place between 1924—when Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life hosted a party for black writers where many white publishers were in attendance—and 1929, the year of the stock-market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression. The Harlem Renaissance is considered to have been a rebirth of the African-American arts.
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Zora Neale Hurston

African American folklorist, novelist, short story writer, and Civic Rights advocate

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

1937 novel by Zora Neale Hurston

author: Zora Neale Hurston

1937

Mules and Men

1935 book by Zora Neale Hurston

author: Zora Neale Hurston

1935

Dust Tracks on a Road

autobiographical book by Zora Neale Hurston

author: Zora Neale Hurston

1942

Spunk

boek van Zora Neale Hurston

author: Zora Neale Hurston

1985

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Langston Hughes

American writer and social activist

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Claude McKay

Jamaican American writer, poet

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James Weldon Johnson

writer and activist

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Paul Robeson

American singer, actor, and political activist (1898-1976)

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