The Harlem Renaissance And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

1088 Words Jul 31st, 2016 5 Pages
When one is asked of some of the most significant periods of African American history, two spans of time that are always thought of: The Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement. During the Great Migration, Americans moved to New York to seek a better standard of living and relief from the institutionalized racism in the South. The pouring in of black people into Harlem created the Harlem Renaissance. This brought the debate over racial identity and the future of black America to the forefront of the national consciousness. Artists and writers such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston championed the “New Negro,” the African American who took pride in his or her cultural heritage. Historians and literary figures disagree on the extent of the Harlem Renaissance 's impact on race relations in America. However, the Harlem Renaissance was a phase of a larger New Negro movement that had emerged in the early 20th century and actually distinctly paved the way for the civil rights movement of the late 1940s and early 1950s through fostering a racial self-acceptance, establishing expression of the African American community, and popularizing the idea of pushing typical boundaries of the Negro.
The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement from the 1920s to the 1930s in which there was an revolutionary explosion of literature, music and other artistic forms created and inspired by African Americans. The Harlem Renaissance represented the birth of a new beginning of…

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