Arna Bontemps: The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem renaissance was given it name by the cultural, social, and artistic that took place in Harlem during 1920s and 1930s. The Harlem renaissance was the culture period for African Americans, most of them were writers, poets, artist, musicians, photographers and scholars. Many of African American came from the south to Harlem where they can freely express their talents. Many African Americans where recognized during the Harlem Renaissance were Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, Arna Bontemps and etc. The Harlem renaissance was more than a movement for the African Americans, it involve racial pride in the African American community expressing their fueled demanding civil and political rights in their talents in Harlem. Among those who was recognized for their work was Arna Bontemps, Arna Bontemps was born on October 13, 1902 in Louisiana. Arna Bontemps move to Los Angeles when he was three years old after his father was threaten by two drunk white men. Bontemps grew up in California, he was later sent to San Fernando academy boarding school by his father. When Bontemps complete San Fernando academy he went to pacific union college in Agwin, he graduated in 1923 with AB. In 1924 he was offered a teaching position in Harlem, New York.
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Arna Bontemps had written many poems, out of all the poetry he had written three famous poems one of those poems is called “Day-breakers”. His poem Day-Breakers express the African American rich history thought the community. His poem expresses its history from beginning of slavery and their freedom later on though out the years. Bontemps poem had a reflection on the bravery and valiance that African American people in Harlem had during that time. The overall tone of the poem is bold and courageous, the tone speaks for the emotions for the African American

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