The Harlem Renaissance

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Harlem Renaissance

An African American cultural movement of the 1920s and early 1930s that was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.

*This is only a small sampling of the vast accomplishments made during the Harlem Renaissance and is in no way a comprehensive study of this era.



The Literature

I, too, sing America.I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.Tomorrow,

I'll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody'll dare

Say to me,

"Eat in the kitchen,"

Then.Besides,They'll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed--I, too, am America.

Black literary writers covered such issues as black life in the South and the North, racial identity, racial issues, and equality. These popular themes were a part of poetry, prose, novels, and fiction.