FC: The Harlem Renaissance | Katie Nitschke Ashley Schutt Ryan Richards Kenny Ingles
1: Why was it called the Harlem Renaissance? | The word "renaissance" means rebirth. Perhaps the word rebirth was appropriate because there was a so called birthing of new ideas through art, literature, and movements that fought for respect for African Americans and their culture.
3: What Lead to the Harlem Renaissance? Even though African Americans had fought in wars for America and they technically had rights, they still faced serious racism. Many people of African decent were united by their convergence in Harlem, New York City
4: Many of the issues that African Americans dealt with in their lives were brought to the forefront by the use of literature, music, art and drama.
6: Langston Hughes authored plays, essays, children's books and poetry and through all of these works promoted equality and denounced prejudice. His works continue to influence literature in America today. | Literature
8: The Harlem Renaissance spread its message through literature and poetry. Through these mediums, they illuminated not only struggles and strengths, but also important aspects of black culture. Important authors include Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Jessie Fauset , Charles S. Johnson. | More Important Literary Influences
10: Examples of Harlem Renaissance Musicians During the 1950’s Billie Holiday rose as a social phenomenon. Born Eleanora Fagan grew up in Baltimore. As a teenager she began singing in jazz clubs. Born William Henry Webb, know as Chick Webb was and American jazz ad swing music drummer.
13: The Three Plays for a Negro Theatre was called "The most important single event in the entire history of the Negro in the American Theater." | Featured African-American actors conveying complex human emotions and yearnings. They also got rid of the blackface and minstrel show traditions
15: A huge characteristic of the Harlem Renaissance was African-American pride This was represented in the idea of the "New Negro". This involved eliminating racism and stereotypes and instead promote progressive or socialist politics, and racial and social integration.
16: The Harlem Renaissance ended so abruptly due to the fact that their were naive assumptions about the centrality of the culture which were unrelated to social and economic realities