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Harlem Renaissance

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Victoria Kephart

on 19 December 2014

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Transcript of Harlem Renaissance

And Jazz Hands!!!
Harlem Renaissance used jazz to help people express ideas/opinions
Jazz was popular in the mid 1920s
Helped spark renaissance in cities like New York and Paris
Jazz was part of people's daily lives and culture
Made it a very efficient way to communicate ideas
A few popular Jazz artists during that time
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) *my personal fave*
Chick Webb (1905-1939)
Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

The author of the book we're reading
Zora Neale Hurston was an important figure throughout the Harlem Renaissance
She was born between 1891 and 1901
She was a folklorist
wrote a novel titled "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
known for offering self admiration for African Americans
encouraged black people to embrace heritage and stand up for beliefs
was one of the most influential people
Majority of black population inspired and impacted
Wasn't just African American's who were impacted white people such as Carl Van Vechten
Beginning people disliked it
Began to adapt to it and become inspired and impacted
Europeans found African writings and art to be simplistic yet powerful
African American's finally able to express how they truly feel about the way they are treated
People listened since they were intrigued by their art, writings, music, etc
So this is the end
The Harlem Renaissance marked a turning point in black history. With African Americans using their talents to express their lack of rights, it made people intrigued and concerned. This sparked the civil rights movement later on in history that finally gave African Americans the rights they deserved.
Began around mid 1920s
Took place in Harlem NY
Strong movement of African Art in America
Got it's name because it is period of creativity and African American's expressing feeling and ideas through the arts
Gave African American's the ability to express themselves
Began due to European interest in African artists and writers
Attracted many people
The Harlem Renaissance
Harlem Renaissance? What the heck is it?
KABOOM!!! An Explosive Impact!!
Harlem Renaissance began in between WW1 and the Great Depression
Both had a major impact on it
In WW1 African Americans rallied with the idea the they should have the same rights they we're fighting for in the war
Had a positive impact gave them extra spirit during the Harlem Renaissance
Great Depression had negative impact
Economically didn't allow many people to survive with a career as writers,artists, musicians etc.
Didn't allow the Harlem Renaissance be as big and successful as it could have been
Harlem NY, was not the best place to raise a family.
Was poor and bad neighborhood, located in the ghetto
The rate of catching a disease and dying from it was at least 2X higher than in other areas of New York
Harlemites (people who lived in Harlem) saw town as beautiful and helpful
Looked for the best in life
Attitude of the people, just added to a positive view on the Harlem Renaissance.
In Harlem, many artists and writers were being supported by the Urban League
Urban league: an organization that helps African American gain civil rights
Also supported by NAAPC (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Multiple prizes were given away to the best/most influential people during the Harlem Renaissance
Hurston received one of these

Stuck In Between
Time to Move
Awards Ceremony
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