A History Lesson: Men of the Harlem Renaissance


When slavery ended, Jim Crow was king in the South, and the need to be free from oppression prompted African Americans to leave en masse in what would come to be called The Great Migration. Many of those fleeing the South found themselves in the all black metropolis known as Harlem, New York. What they found there, between the end of World War I (1914-1918) and the mid 1930s, was a cultural and artistic revolution like nothing the world had ever seen. African American writers, actors, and musicians were showing the world that their works were just as good if not better than those produced by the dominant society. Among these artists were Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington and Paul Robeson.

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Paul Von Blum, Senior Lecturer Emeritus in African American Studies at UCLA said “Langston Hughes is important because he was one of the early figures to show the dignity and the…

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