The Harlem Renaissance - The New Negro

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The Harlem Renaissance was a time period where culture became a big issue in the African American community. More writers, poets, play wrights and other artistic figures came into place. Through this time (early 20th century) the term New Negro became more developed. The term originated from the 19th century as a sort of nick name for newly arrived slaves. The New Negro term included “violent resistance to oppression and the conservative anti-protest orientation of Booker T. Washington.” (Ferguson, 3) Writers had a big influence on the community throughout newspapers, magazines, etc; and most writers believe d that the New Negro should exemplify creativity, independence, strength, power, equality, and improvement. Creativity was more so a huge part of the Harlem Renaissance all together but the New Negro was all a part of that. Being creative and artistic became more common in the African American community, and was more widely accepted. Black people were not as “shy” or “scared” to show their talent and artistic self expression. Alain Locke said in his foreword to the New Negro (1925) America seeking a new spiritual expansion and artistic maturity, trying to find an American literature, a natural art, and natural music implies a Negro-American culture seeking the same satisfactions and objectives. African Americans found art as a new way to express themselves, what they wanted and needed in life. It was considered an “unusual outburst of creative expression” (Ferguson, 88) Some New Negroes such as A. Philip Randolph and chandler Owen believed the New Negro should have a working-class unity amongst the racial lines. They wanted collective ownership of factories and black socialism. Their plans never really succeeded as a whole; however, Marcus Garvey had a big impact during this time. Instead of focusing on integration he was more satisfied with the idea
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