The Negro Of The Harlem Renaissance Essay

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The Harlem Renaissance era gave many upcoming authors and poets the ability to express themselves. After World War I, The Great Migration of approximately half a million African Americans from the rural south to the bustling and promising north gave way to the formation and beginning of the Harlem Renaissance-New Negro era. Within the next ten years more than 750,000 African Americans would follow which increased the black northern population by a stunning amount. This was the start of black Americans discovering and seeking new futures (Krasner). Many of these African Americans were authors, including Zora Neale Hurston, who wrote the famous work “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” and Langston Hughes who wrote “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and “Theme for English B.” Zora Neale Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama on January 7, 1891. She was the fifth of eight children, born to her father John Hurston, a carpenter and Baptist preacher, and her mother Lucy Potts Hurston, a former schoolteacher. She attended Howard University and received an associate degree in 1920. Hurston published “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” in May 1928 (Boyd). Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was young and his father moved to Mexico. He moved to Lincoln, Illinois at age thirteen with his mother and her new husband. He began writing poetry in Lincoln. He published “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” in June 1921 and “Theme for English B” in 1951…

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