The Harlem Renaissance
America wouldn’t be America without African Americans. For over 400 years our intelligence, talents, skills and culture have shaped our country for the better.The Harlem Renaissance also known as (“New Negro Movement”) -1920’s. After World War I, a group of talented Black Writers, artists, and musicians gathered in Harlem in New York City. They created work that showed their pride in their race and culture. They inspired future artists of all colors. Here are 9 important achievements of the Harlem Renaissance:
Bonze (1922) Georgia Douglas Johnson- the first collection of modren poerty written by a black woman.
The New Negro (1925) Alaine Locke – a book of essays that became the “bible’ of the Harlem Renaissance.
The Weary Blues (1926) Langston Hughes -a book of poems that captured the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance.
Shuffle Along (1921) Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle -the first musical show on Broadway written and performed by African Americans.
The Harlem Stride (1920s) James P. Johnson – a style of playing piao that was very important to Jazz.
Downhearteed Blues (1923) Bessie Smith – one of her first hits. Smith is known as the “Empress of the Blues”.
.Guarantee Photo Studio in Harlem (1918)- James Van Der Zee. He captured the sight and feel of life in Harlem in the 1920s.
Sammy (1928) Sargent Johnson – a sculpture that brought Johnson fame across the country.
Gamin (c 1930) Augusta Savage – one of her most popular sculptures. She later helped Jacob Lawrence and other black artists further their careers.