African Americans In The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance was a profound movement that catapulted the African American race into creativity in the arts of music, literature, and other scholarly work that could be deemed the foundation of our culture. This cultural explosion paved the way for African Americans to establish themselves, impacting in social, cultural and educational areas. Harlem Renaissance has been around for several centuries and has a very important meaning in the lives of many. While the renaissance added to early African American customs and culture, it was profoundly altered by other trends. The gateway to artistic revolution and authentic expression, some intellectuals felt, would be found in the cultures of “primitive races,” among these, were the cultures of sub-Saharan Africans and their descendants. European artists had gathered inspiration from African masks as they transitioned from idealistic representational models toward abstraction in art forms in the early 20th century. The caliber of these experiments caused African American intellectuals to look on their African heritage with new perspectives and in many situations with a desire to rekindle the connection with a heritage long despised or misunderstood…show more content…
African Americans were treated as inferiors during this period. Therefore, people can discover the components of strong determination and our views towards our ill treatment we overcame. Our voice could now be heard through our work, which was not possible before this period. The works of literature produced by us during this period rival some of the greatest literary works ever written. We were able to be transparent through our work, thus providing our work authentic emotions. With this uniqueness, students should read our literary compositions to fully comprehend the condition of our society during The Harlem
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