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The Harlem Renaissance

Written by Elijah Oliver

For this week on the Knightly News and during Black History month, we’re going to uncover the importance and impact of the Harlem Renaissance.

During this time called “the roaring twenties” in the city of Harlem in New York,  there was a manifestation of the African American Culture exploring literature, music, stage performance, and art.

One of the most important male leaders during this time was Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes was a novelist, play writer, author, and a very talented musician. Through these things, he promoted racial equality, condemned racism, and celebrated African American culture, humor, and spirituality.

One important female figure in the Harlem Renaissance Zora Neale Hurston. She was a novelist, an anthropologist, a folklorist, and a leader among the Harlem Renaissance. Hurston’s personality was described as infectious, humorous, and she was very intelligent. Hurston also was one of the few people who established the Harlem Renaissance, and after her death, her works were known to inspire the next generation.

There were other many important places in the Harlem Renaissance like the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theatre, which gave the performers a place to express their talents and call their own.

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Elijah Oliver