Discrimination During The Harlem Renaissance

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The 20th century can be fairly considered as the most important period in the history of African American people because it is just the time when racism discrimination was overcome. For many years before the beginning of the struggle for rights of African-American people, there was a legal system based on white supremacy. African Americans didn't have a real opportunity to vote. Segregation was spread everywhere: black people were not allowed to take seats in public transport which belonged to whites, they could not attend universities and schools for white people, it was even forbidden to drink from the same drinking fountains. Many shops and stores, cafes and restaurants refused service African Americans and treated them as inferior people.…show more content…
Many African-American musicians became members of bands founded by whites. Novels and poetry were published not only by "Crisis" which belonged to black editors but white ones. Many Americans were fond of musical and nightlife of Harlem. One of the most popular places was "The Cotton Club" where Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong performed. Harlem Renaissance revealed a lot of opportunities for African-American writers. If they before were disregarded, in the 1920s their works were widespread. Harlem Renaissance has changed not only cultural but social and political position of African-Americans in American society. The mass migration to the North changed the image of the African-American person, he was not an ignorant and illiterate peasant anymore, he turned into a smart and educated representative of the Middle class. Thanks to this changes, African-Americans became the part of the American and then the world cultural and intellectual elite. The representatives of Harlem Renaissance believed in democratic reforms, they thought that art and literature were means of changes and impact on white people. They believed in themselves and assisted to political organizations of that time – “National Association for the Advancement of Colored
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