Category Archives: Harlem Renaissance

The Dark Side of the Renaissance

  Although using a darker tone than the typical uplifting and free tone of the time period, “Panel 53” of Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” exemplifies very well the Harlem Renaissance and some of the modernist themes and feelings that were … Continue reading

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Jacob Lawrence Depiction of Harlem

Harlem, a neighborhood of cultural diversity and immense pride in their heritage was, at times, a tumultuous place to be.  Jacob Lawrence is an American artist that displayed the up and coming attitude of this previously displaced peoples inhabiting mid 20th … Continue reading

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The Great Migration

The Great Migration and Fences The Great Migration was the movement of African-Americans from the Southern States, such as Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana, to Northern, Western or Midwestern states, such as Michigan, Illinois, New York, and Philadelphia. Most Historians … Continue reading

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“The Brown Bomber”

Joe Louis was born in 1914, who was an African American boxer from Alabama until 1981. He was a professional boxer who later became the world heavy weight champion from 1937 through 1949. Joe Louis’s nickname was the “Brown Bomber”. … Continue reading

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Home Run in Harlem

         After the first World War in 1919, two major events happened in American history that would set the tone for the future forever. First, the Harlem Renaissance years surfaced, and second, the first ever colored man … Continue reading

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A Pioneer of Prosperity

          Duke Ellington’s impact on the Harlem Renaissance is of the utmost importance not only to his time period, but music as a whole.  Introducing zesty jazz grooves that accompanied the booming sound of a full live … Continue reading

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William Johnson’s Art in the Harlem Renaissance

This piece of art, by William H Johnson, expresses the lives of women and children during the Harlem Renaissance. In this piece called Jitterbugs IV, a viewer can see two female figures which seems to be a children dancing. Johnson’s … Continue reading

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