The Harlem Renaissance Essay

1377 Words Jul 30th, 2015 6 Pages
The Harlem Renaissance was a time when the African-American culture began to rise in popularity around the 1920s to the mid-1930s. Through artwork, literature, and music the African-American culture was creating a new identity for the African-Americans that were in the movement as well as the some that were not. The Harlem Renaissance was making a name for African-Americans and showed off great raw talent. The Renaissance helped gave the African-Americans a chance to show off their talents to the world because they did not have that chance. Alain Locke had even said that “Negro Life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self-determination,” (“Harlem Renaissance”). The renaissance kind of built up the African-Americans self-esteem because previously many were afraid to voice their opinions, so their thoughts were never heard (“August Wilson”). Although they feared to voice their opinion African-Americans once they began migrate up North from the South they found new opportunities in which they were encouraged to celebrate their heritage and become “The New Negro,” (“A Brief Guide”). Some writers of the Harlem Renaissance such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Zora Neale Hurston shared one thing in common within their literature and that was the theme of inequality. Langston Hughes was a strong leader of the Harlem Renaissance and wrote many great piece that helped give the movement a push in the right direction. In some of Langston Hughes’ works it…

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