The Influence Of The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance was an African American based cultural movement most commonly known for it influences in music, literature and art. The Harlem Renaissance was given its name because it perfectly described the traditional, artistic and cultural outbreak that took place in Harlem, New York in the early nineteen hundreds. During this time Harlem was a place that helped pave the way for many black writers, musicians, poets, photographers and artists.

The Harlem Renaissance brought upon amazing musicians such as Billie Holiday, Chick Webb, and Louis Armstrong. Many people describe the great Billie Holiday as a “social phenomenon”. She was one of the first African American women to work with an all white orchestra. She helped pioneer a new path for following artist to manipulate new tempos. Billie Holiday most famously known songs were Strange Fruit and God Bless the Child. Chick Webb was a swing, and jazz drummer. Chick was considered one of the best bandleader and drummer during
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The most famous and influential writers at that time were W.E.B Dubois, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes. W.E.B Dubois was considered the “father of the Harlem Renaissance”; he was a political activist that believed that African Americans should be educated to the highest possible degree. Dubois is most knowingly known for finding the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Zora Neale Hurston writing gave a specific feminist touch to a world that was prominently ran by men. Many of her novels portrayed the struggles and tribulations that African American woman had to face at that time. Langston Hughes work helped shaped both politics and literature; he had a strong opinion on “racial pride” (“Langston Hughes”). Through his many novels, poetry, plays, children’s book and essays help promote equality, and celebrate African American traditions, spirituality and