It was the hope that this exhibit would give one a holistic image of life and culture during the Harlem Renaissance by exploring different aspects of it. This event is considered to be the largest shift in African American culture that occurred during the 20th century as African Americans from across the country began to discover themselves and personally define what it meant to be “black”. This time period also marked the beginning of a shift in white recognition and acceptance of African American culture as whites across the country joined their black counterparts in enjoying jazz music and black literature. However, such a change didn’t mean that racism and racial prejudice were erased entirely. Such problems remained prevalent throughout the Harlem Renaissance, though their effects were limited by the sheer size and power of such a movement.
Due to the large scale of diverse people of African descent, some newly arrived and some deeply rooted in America, there was a remake of the way African Americans saw themselves collectively and a new society was created. The old story of movement and rootedness was about to play itself out yet again. The image of black immigrants began to have a more influential role in politics and the culture of African America, where they have earned their rights, rather have them being given. The newcomers’ focus was access to visas, the treatment of asylees, and other matters, which revealed a greater occupation with their homeland rather than their new one. This changed during the presidential campaign in 2006, as the newly arrived found a candidate who not only looked like them but also shared many of their experiences.
The New Negro and the rise of Harlem came about at a time when African-Americans began to urbanize and form a unique urban culture. These African-Americans defined themselves on their own terms, were proud to be both of African descent and American citizens, and were not afraid to push back against racism. After WWI more than one million African-Americans moved from the South to Northern cities beginning in 1915 in what became known as the Great Migration. There were several push and pull factors that contributed to the Great Migration. Blacks sought to escape poverty, Jim Crow, and racism as a new KKK formed.
A new form of African American pride was sweeping the nation after all the commotion from Harlem (a little neighborhood from New York, New York) was becoming publicized throughout the country. Harlem manufactured a cultural richness that helped shape African American New Yorkers into an ideal role model for all colors and creeds. The populace of Harlem typically consisted of African American people and once word got out about a “black rebirth,” even more were pouring in from all around the country. Poets and performers were the heart and soul of the Harlem Renaissance. All of these different characters from around the country helped to make Harlem a communal and cultural magnet.
Saeed Jones’s debut poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise (2016), is an essential contemporary piece of work comprised of narrative free verse’s that tackle an African-American historical past that is present in our existing society. During the 1960’s African American Studies began to be implemented in American universities due to the Civil Rights Movement and the rise of Black Nationalism (penguin dictionary). While the title of the collection implies the commencement of bruising and its inescapability, the growth of the poems throughout indicate steady progress in our society. Much of the collections focus is on historical contexts of Jones past and beyond, integrating brutality, race, violence and power. An African-American Studies reading of the collection reveals that the brutal past of African-Americans still weighs on modern society.
One instance that Butler believes should have been a major turning point was Barack Obama being elected President. Yes, President Obama made great strides toward equality but it was nothing impactful like the things he campaigned for. “Obama’s presidency brought about nothing approaching the racial reconciliation he had campaigned on” (Butler 28). I believe the society, more so African Americans believed that President Obama could undo the racial inequality that has been around for hundreds of years. It would take far longer than 8 years to totally transform what Butler refers to as the
They liked Roosevelt because he was big on helping them out on getting their rights that they deserved. "One important demographic change underlay the experience of African-Americans during the Roosevelt years. The migration of African-Americans from the South to the urban North, which began in 1910, continued in the 1930s and accelerated in the 1940s during World War II. As a result, black Americans during the Roosevelt years lived for the most part either in the urban North or in the rural South, although the Depression chased increasingly large numbers of blacks to southern cities as well. In the North, blacks encountered de facto segregation, racism, and discrimination in housing and public services; nevertheless, they were able to vote and had better job opportunities.
The initial impact of hip-hop on America is evident through mediums like music, clothing, and advertising. Having that strong presence in mainstream pop culture led hip-hop to become an important part of American society, both socially and politically. Hip-hop emerged from and embraces Black America, which provides Black Americans with a sense of pride and glory after
The 1920s paved the way for many developments in African American culture and resolutions to their challenges. Consequently, out of the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance was born. The Harlem Renaissance was a reawakening of African American culture throughout the decade. During this period, an explosion of art and music, particularly jazz, advanced the perception of African American culture and people (Document H). Additionally, the Great Migration made a better life possible for African Americans.
Additionally, Hip hop is considered as contemporary African-American rhyming games. Previously, rhyming games are used as an inspirational comical approach to indicate race relations between African-American slaves and their white masters and escaping plantations. Such as "Bre 'r Rabbit tales" . Hip-hop journalist Davey D connects the African oral tradition to modern rap: "You see, the slaves were smart and they talked in metaphors. They would be killed if the slave masters heard them speaking in unfamiliar tongues.