The Harlem Renaissance's Influence On African American Culture

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The Harlem Renaissance was about African American culture as it relates to The Harlem Renaissance influenced creative arts, literature, music, photography, poetry, scholars, and theater ("American Literature and Art").The Harlem Renaissance was not limited to only the arts however, it included poetry, drama, and social affairs about African American culture. This was the most influential movement in African American literary history. They sought to break free of Victorian morals, values, and the shame brought about aspects of their lives that might, as seen by whites, reinforce racist beliefs. Never dominated by a particular school of thought but rather characterized by intense debate, the movement laid the groundwork for all later African …show more content…
The Great Migration, or the relocation of more than 6 million African Americans families from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West. Southern blacks were forced to make their living working the land as part of the sharecropping system, which offered little in the way of economic opportunity, and harsh segregationist laws. Many blacks headed north, where they took advantage of the need for industrial workers that first arose during the First World War. ("Harlem Renaissance"). Many individuals were from the South, fled its oppressive caste system in order to find a place where they could freely express their talents such as creative arts ("The Harlem Renaissance"). During the migration, the African Americans began to create a place for themselves and escape prejudices. They created a new black urban culture that would exert enormous influence in the decades to come. Some influential individuals that came out of the Harlem Renaissance are Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen and Arna Bontemps ("The Harlem Renaissance"). The Harlem Renaissance influenced creative arts, literature, music, photography, poetry, scholars, and theater ("American Literature and …show more content…
This color scheme is used to match their skin tones, clothes, and the room. This monochromatic color scheme uses a different hue of brown by adding whites or grays to the color, to make the brown appear darker or light (Coconut, “Tutorials on Everything”). From my perspective, he used this color to illustrate that people came in different colors. Looking closely at the picture you will notice that each of the individuals has a different hue. The artist also a couple of principles of designs, such as unity and imbalance. There was unity in his art because it was very well designed and all the parts where needed to make the painting complete, to create the entire design (Ropple, "Principles of Design). He used this principle to showcase the life of African Americans during that time. Furthermore, Hayden used imbalance as one of his principles of design. He used this element to make the gentleman in the picture ‘feel’ or looks heavier rather, to create a kind of lopsided arrangement to express energy in the picture (Ropple, "Principles of Design). I think the reason why he choose the painting of the gentleman imbalance is to show that American Americans can engage in creative activities such as

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