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The Harlem Renaissance

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FC: The Harlem Renaissance

1: After the Great Migration many urban neighborhoods turned primarily African American leading to a renewal in heritage leading to a unique style of music and art. This was called the Harlem Renaissance

2: Writing was one of the most heavily influenced areas by the Harlem Renaissance. Mainly celebrated by middle class African Americans, The Harlem Renaissance gave them a new, confident writing style to write about the pride they had for being African American. Some of these most famous writers of this time were Alain Locke who wrote The New Negro, Claude McKay who wrote Cane, and Langston Hughes who's poems were later put to song.

4: The Harlem Renaissance led to an increase in opportunities for African Americans in the fields of music and performing. During the 1920s comedies started to spring up around New York City, primarily Harlem, focusing on black performers. The most famous of these was called Shuffle Along, staring Florence Mills, Josephine Baker, and Mabel Mercer. As the popularity of these comedies grew so did the acceptance of African Americans in theater leading to the first African American on Broadway, Paul Robeson, starring in Othello.

5: Starting in New Orleans, Louisiana,a new style of music was born during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Performed by mainly African American artists of the time, the sound quickly spread and became the music of the twenties for all races. This music was called Jazz.

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