harlem renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance is considered one of the most important cultural movements in history, since it gave African Americans a new identity. The Harlem Renaissance gave many non African Americans their first exposure to the music, poetry, and art of African Americans. Langston Hughes was a famous poet in the 1920's that overcame racial prejudice, and had a strong sense of racial pride. The Harlem Renaissance proved that African Americans were capable of doing the same things whites could do, as long as one had pride, determination and endurance to follow his dream. Langston Hughes inspired other African Americans to do what they love, and to create an identity for themselves. The poem "Dream" by Langston Hughes highlights the theme that one must not give up and must follow his dream to be successful in life. The Harlem Renaissance was a movement that would change the way African Americans were viewed by others.

The Harlem Renaissance was a time in history where African American culture blossomed. The Harlem Renaissance was a period of extraordinary artistic, literary and musical activity among African Americans that started in 1910 in Harlem. Harlem was transformed by the mass migration of African Americans from Southern America to northern cities such as New York. Although many of these migrants were poor, many of them were talented artists, writers, and musicians, and their output during the 1920s and early 1930s began what is known today as the Harlem Renaissance. (Parker) Many of those who migrated north were African Americans looking to escape the Jim Crow laws of the South and racism. Additionally, due to the halt on European immigration during World War I, African Americans were able to find work in northern factories. The Harlem Renaissance was centered in Harlem, because Harlem was the center for fashion,