"The Harlem Renaissance"
During the jazz and the jive of the early 1920s, African American writers began making their voices heard in the pages of American literature. Many of these writers met, lived, and supported one another in a suburb of New York City called Harlem. Their expressions of African American experiences and cultural heritage inspired an explosion of African American literature and poetry. As African Americans in all areas of the arts and society joined in, a movement was born that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. Find various websites that chronicle the historic events and important people that brought the Harlem Renaissance to life.
Sample web sites:
University of Michigan -- http://www.si.umich.edu/chico/Harlem/index.html
Library of Congress -- http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/harlem/harlem.html
Kennedy Center -- http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/exploring/harlem/artsedge.html
Visual Arts -- http://www.iniva.org/harlem/home.html
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After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.
The Harlem Renaissance was a turning point in African American cultural history in the United States. The movement was a broad expression of popular culture, seen in a wide variety of art forms. Why do you think the Harlem Renaissance was so significant to African American history?
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