African-American History: The Harlem Renaissance

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the important roles played throughout the Harlem Renaissance and how the Harlem Renaissance was a movement that brought out many different poets, writers, and musicians to bring the African- American race together as one. The Harlem Renaissance was responsible for uniting the African-American race through the collective power of influential poets, writers, and musicians. Despite the many challenges that were faced during this era, the Harlem Renaissance still helped pave the way for the “modern day generation”; thus being why the time period deserves to be respected and recognized as one of the most influential in African-American history. Originally called “the New Negro Movement”, the Harlem Renaissance…show more content…
As many African-Americans were inspired by the movement of the Harlem Renaissance, some stepped out of the background and made a large footprint on history with their music, poems, and plays (Wintz 23). Some of the popular musicians included people like Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong (Anderson 4). Poets included Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Weldon, and Countee Cullen (Bloom 7). All have made enormous contributions to the Harlem Renaissance period, and in American history. For those who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, White America romanticized ideal of happy black folk singing their worries and cares only to encourage the poverty and injustice to flourish (Kareem 9). African-Americans, however, knew that this was a time of enlightenment that would reshape the 20th Century. Harlem Intellectuals, with their progressive assumptions, saw themselves and the one to make those assumptions (Huggins 1).These inspirations led to Harlem becoming known as “the Black Mecca”. Many blacks migrated to what they hoped would be the new and attainable "Promise Land" from the American South…show more content…
Blacks had not been able to play on many stage before this time, Mr. Ellington paved the way for those after him. This was a great accomplishment for Mr. Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington's music embodied the sophisticated jazz that grew out of the funkier, down-home variety of New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago. Ellington’s style of jazz was known to be “cool jazz” while Armstrong's style was more of "hot jazz". Ellington's style of jazz was so popular, it even appealed to whites, and Ellington became enormously popular (Anderson 124). Born in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 1899, Ellington showed great talent on the piano, as well as in drawing, early on in his life. When Ellington graduated from high school, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in music rather than in visual arts. Ellington composed his first piece of music entitled "Soda Fountain Rag," when he was 16. Many up-and-coming musicians played at the nightclubs and hotspots in Harlem, as a result many white people became fascinated with the “Negro Culture” and they began to offer the exposure to mainstream venues (Samuel 93). Alongside musical influences there were many writers that influence the African- American people as well as several

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