The Harlem Renaissance: A Time Of Great Change In African American Society

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The Harlem Renaissance The Harlem Renaissance was a time of great change in the African American society. From 1919 to about 1940, the culture of blacks in this culture underwent an influential movement in the art, music, literature and self-expression. In an effort to change the way African Americans were perceived in our country as well as to escape the stereotypes placed on them by whites, the “new Negros,” a term coined by sociologist and critic Alain LeRoy Locke in 1925 (, wanted to create their own name in society. Because the Harlem Renaissance was not dominated by a particular school of thought, it was seen as a cultural awakening as it paved the path that allowed for many hushed voices to be heard and for dramatic changes in the way we view art. One of the most famous and influential writers and poets of the Renaissance was Langston Hughes. To this day the impact of his writing is still felt and the lines of his poetry still speak volumes about the desperate need for a change in the African American way of life. Born in Joplin, Missouri but soon moved to live with his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas. After her death he moved to Lincoln, Illinois to live with his mother and it was there that he began to write poetry. Hughes began to explore poetry in high school and was quickly recognized by many of his teachers. By 1921 was…show more content…
Born on June 29, 1886 in Lenox, Massachusetts, he learned to play both the piano and violin at an early age. He then began his life as a photographer at the age of 14 after getting a toy camera from a magazine contest. After high school Van Der Zee left for New York with his brother Walter in 1906. Having to work odd jobs to support himself he put his musical talent to good use and played with other prominent bands at the time. When he came across a job opening as a darkroom assistant in New Jersey his photography career began to take

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