Harlem Renaissance a Rebirth of a Race

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Harlem Renaissance: Outburst of Creativity The Harlem Renaissance was an artistic movement in American history wherein the uniqueness and creativity of African American culture was celebrated. Situated in the black community in uptown New York, the Harlem Renaissance developed a body of artistic talent which had never been seen in America (Ferguson, 24). Instead of wallowing in self-pity, African Americans ignited an explosion of culturist pride. They asserted themselves by embracing their racial identity, appreciating their heritage. Harlem became home to black people, many of whom had dreams and aspirations of expressing their individual artistic talents. This was the gateway through which artist like impressive novelist Zora Neale Hurston impacted society with her courageous literary writing. Similarly, the exploding soulful voice of Bessie Smith popularized the blues genre for radio music. As well as Augusta Savages’ creative sculptures dispelling the common stereotypes. Their portrayals of poverty and the black experience through art were beautiful creations birthed from something once viewed as ugly. One of the liveliest personalities of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston was born in Eatonville, Florida. In 1924 she was encouraged by Howard University educator and philosopher Alain Locke to re-locate to Harlem, New York (Hine, Hine, Harrold 386). There she became active in folklore and anthropology, ultimately combing folklore language and culture in her novels. In the late 1920s Zora studied at Barnard College where she became famous for the attempt to disprove a theory that black people had smaller brains .She actually stood on a street corner measuring the heads of black people (Wall 22)! A strikingly gifted storyteller who captivated her listeners, Hurston’s writings sparkled with colorful language and comic or tragic stories from the
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