Harlem Renaissance

Major Cultural Era for Black Art & Thought

The Harlem Renaissance was a major explosion of African American art, literature & culture. Named for New York City’s Harlem district, it also included other major cities such as Paris and the Caribbean. It was in some ways a result of the great migration, where many Black people fled to the North following the Civil War and established thriving neighborhoods for themselves.

It ran through the 1920’s and 30’s between World Wars I & II. It was a time marked greatly by Black pride, and was formed by people like Zora Neale Hurston, Augusta Savage, Jacob Lawrence, and Langston Hughes.

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