The Chicago Black Renaissance

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A vibrant literary movement, built on the aspects of diversion, creativity, and intellectual forces in the communities of African Americans in Chicago between the times of 1900 into the 1960’s, known as the Chicago Black Renaissance. The Chicago Renaissance started after the migration of African Americans from the South, this migration brought thousands of African Americans to Chicago where they could begin contributing to the city by themselves through visual and performing arts, literature, and music. The name Chicago Black Renaissance is also known as The Black Chicago Renaissance. The Black Chicago Renaissance gained its name due to the massive artistic and cultural movement in the lives of African Americans during the early 1920’s until …show more content…
The Chicago spirit is like no other when it comes to the arts, cultural conflicts, self-identity questions, and the search for truth and reasoning for the novels, poems, and short stories written by great authors and poets such as Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Arna Bontemps, Margaret Walker, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Richard Wright founded the South Side Writers Group, whose membership included Bontemps and Walker in 1936, in order to build a foundation of empowerment and inspiration to bright young writers and to experiment with new themes. In 1940 the publication Native Son escalated Wright into the limelight. It's a grimy truth of urban cities and the ghetto, social structure, and race creates a similar bond between the book, the classic Black Metropolis of St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton. Wright and Brooks somewhat lead the literature aspect of the Black Renaissance even though Hughes was a big impact, he had a bigger impact during the Harlem …show more content…
Sweet, sweet gospel music, Jazz, and last but not least urban contemporary blues. The Black Renaissance was a time where Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and many others such as Count Basie ruled the nightlife and sweet sensual sounds of Chicago. Gospel music came huge to the scene during the time and Thomas Dorsey and Contralto Jackson were the king and queen of the gospel of the Black Renaissance. Composing over hundreds of songs they made gospel music popular even in today’s time, which many artists sample their songs and music. In conclusion, the Black Renaissance was a time where blacks came together through the midst of the great depression and the Great Migration of blacks from the South. The Harlem renaissance inspired this great movement which led to the brilliant works that are still important and famous today. Without these movements that are the foundation of today’s creativity, we would not have any of the works we have

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