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The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance Josh Brunzell Mr. Munch English 9-5 April 2, 2013 http://blog.jongraynewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/The-Harlem-Renaissance-01.jpg The Harlem Renaissance made an impact on the status of African American rights by allowing them to and changing the American Arts in Music, Literature, Drama, and Visual Art. http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/curiosity-harlem-renaissance-gallery-11.jpg Music http://irom.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/louis_armstrong_.jpg Blues and jazz began to spread as African American music because it created the pulse of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age (“Harlem Renaissance” [Encyclopædia Britannica]). Dances with jazz including the Charleston and tap dancing became international fads in the 1920’s (“Harlem Renaissance” [Encyclopædia Britannica]). In the 1920’s jazz orchestras grew in size and incorporated new instruments as well as methods of performance (“Harlem Renaissance” [Encyclopædia Britannica]). Literature Langston Hughes wrote poetry, fiction, and plays that made him part of the Harlem Renaissance (“Langston Hughes”). http://www.albany.edu/history/HIS530/HarlemProject/Images/Hughes/weary-blues.jpg Another poet, Sterling Brown, who was a professor at Howard University, emerged in the thirties with sometimes playful and often gloomy poems (“A Brief Guide to the Harlem Renaissance” [Academy of American Poets]). Drama http://www.otrcat.com/z/blackface_AlJolson.png Drama sought to overcome the harmful and racist stereotypes such as blackface minstrelsy (“Harlem Renaissance” [Encyclopædia Britannica]). Alain Locke believed that black drama should be focusing on “folk play”, and not be focusing on protest or promoting a political agenda (“Harlem Renaissance” [Encyclopædia Britannica]). The most successful black-written play in the Harlem Renaissance out of all was Langston Hughes’ Mulatto (“Harlem Renaissance” [Encyclopædia Britannica]). Visual Art Visual art in the Harlem Renaissance created a spark in African American tradition that transmuted part of American Art. The signature artist of the Harlem Renaissance was Aaron Douglas, who created his own style of geometrical representation dealing with folk art (“Harlem Renaissance” [Encyclopædia Britannica]). http://blog.jongraynewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/The-Harlem-Renaissance-031.jpg “Douglas transformed white Christian iconography by putting black subjects in central roles and evoking the identification of black Americans with the suffering of Jesus” (“Harlem Renaissance” [Encyclopædia Britannica]). The Harlem Renaissance was the most significant movement in African American literary history. In Conclusion... It assisted in the rights of African Americans by allowing them to and changing the American Arts in Music, Literature, Drama, and Visual Art. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING/LISTENING/READING! http://speakartloud.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/the-harlem-renaissance6.jpg
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