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The Harlem Renaissance was mostly jazz and blues which mostly black people played this type of music. Some famous musicians are Louis Armstrong which almost everyone knows or has heard of, Dizzy Giespie, W.C.Handy, John Coltrane, Marian Anderson, Scott Joplin, and many more. I bet every one of you have heard jazz or the blues well if you liked it than you would like the 1920's/the Harlem Renaissance well at least the music part. This is an important part of the African American society. But I am here to tell you about the music part of the Harlem Renaissance. This time was mostly jazz and blues some of the musicians was Louis Armstrong which I bet you have heard about, Dizzy Giespie, W.C. Handy, John Coltrane, Marian Anderson, and Scott Joplin. I bet that you have all heard some jazz and blues and if you liked it than you would like the music part of the Harlem Renaissance and the 1920's.

The Harlem Renaissance was a very influential time in the music world as in the American society. At that time the Negro or African Americans were allowed right and they were allowed to perform their music. There was awesome music it was either the bebop de do jazz or the kind of depressed blues now some blues were kind of happy. So whenever you hear jazz or blues remember this, the African Americans of the Harlem Renaissance made up how it goes now. Also, the Harlem Renaissance made many some things that we do possible including for us musicians out there.

So, many people know Louis or Louie Armstrong and not many others. Why, because the only way you can get a good record company to give you a deal if you are an African American is if you are the best of the best. Now the 1920's was when the Harlem Renaissance was around and at that time people were out more dancing at clubs and taking transportation.

The Harlem Renaissance was named after the anthology (The New Negro). The Renaissance was a time when African Americans who be considered citizens. A time when Africans were able to express their music, arts, and culture with is also called, a new black identity. A New Black Identity also means that they now have a voice so now they can do whatever they want to do. During this time Africans tried to find a leader. W.E.B. DuBois was a supporter of the rights of African Americans he was concerned between the relationship between blacks and whites. He wanted to break down the old stereotypes of black. He is one of the many people who fought of the Africans rights and once they got them they come become anything. They could be musicians, artists, and teachers, anything they wanted to be. Africans became quite intelligent and had earned a social class. They were now in the middle class.

The 1920's and early 1930's Harlem Renaissance was a chance for African American to express themselves.

Performing Arts like dance was a big part of the Harlem Renaissance. The dances and parties they had were an escape from the hard economic times (Lindy Hop in Harlem: The Role of Social Dance, 1). Bridges between different forms of art were formed by social dance (Lindy Hop in Harlem: The Role of Social Dance, 1). Jazz musicians wrote songs about dancers, artists painted pictures of dancers and people just dancing or musicians, and writers wrote poems about the joys of dancing. Another part of the Harlem Renaissance was theater. This was the first time African Americans were allowed to play serious characters (Dance During the Harlem Renaissance, 1). Some African American plays from this time were said to be what started the Harlem Renaissance.

When it came to dancing The Savoy Ballroom, Rent Parties, and the Apollo Theater were all popular places to go to dance. The Savoy Ballroom though was the most important. There it didn't matter what color or race you were, the only thing that mattered was if you could dance (Lindy Hop in Harlem: The Role of Social Dance, 1). The Savoy was the essence of dance to Harlem. Rent Parties were dances that guests had to pay to get in. The fee they paid helped pay the rent. The Apollo Theater opened to Africans in 1934 and was a place for performers to show what they had.

Dancing was improvisational and encouraged individual expression. One popular dance was the Lindy Hop. It was an Afro-Europe-American swing dance that had both African and European dance themes(Lindy Hop in Harlem: The Role of Social Dance, 1). This dance went on to form West Coast Swing, Boogie Woogie, Jive, Bop, Rock 'n' Roll, the Jitterbug, and many other dance forms(Lindy Hop in Harlem: The Role of Social Dance, 1). This was a dance where you could add your own moves to it and just have a lot of fun. But the Lindy Hop wasn't the only dance, there were many more. During this period people danced to new rhythms and had new dance styles.

The Harlem Renaissance has changed forever the dynamics of African American Arts and literature in the United States. So many people are fascinated by their culture. So many people are famous artist, writers, popular entertainment, musicians, and so much more (including the President) are African Americans. Some of which are Louis Armstrong (musician), Oprah Winfrey (popular television), and let’s not forget Barrack Obama (the 44th president of the United States). As you can see a lot of very important people that I'm sure you have heard of are African Americans so things can change for the good of America.

The literature of the Harlem Renaissance is mostly including African Americans and how they really appreciate how the authors of the literature explained and showed their culture. Also, they showed a surge of the black, or mostly African American, population migrating from the south in the antebellum period during the time of the civil war (Drop me off in the Harlem-(Artsedge).

During the 1920s and into the 1930s it’s been discussed that the Harlem renaissance, or New Negro Movement, is the major moment in African American literature because an extraordinary outburst of creativity to African American writers. The important thing about the New Negro Movement to the African American writers is the effort of the writers that showed the heritage of African Americans and they used the culture to “re-define” the African American literature expression ( The Harlem renaissance was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Even though it was mostly a literary movement, it was closely related to developments in African American music, theater, art, and politics.

Some of the writers of the Harlem renaissance were Sterling A. Brown, Countee Cullen, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Nella Larsen, Claude McKay, and Jean Toomer. African American literary writers covered such issues as black life in the South and the North and equality. Theses popular themes were a part of poetry, prose, novels, and fiction. The Harlem Renaissance ended in the 1930’s after the effects of the Great Depression. The downturn led to the departure of Harlem’s prominent writers. Though the Harlem Renaissance lasted a brief time, it had an influence on later African American writers and it helped the way for the publication of works by African American authors (afroamhistory).