The Harlem Renaissance: Civil Rights Movement

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The Harlem Renaissance was a movement that reflected the culture of African Americans in an artistic way during the 1920’s and the 30’s. Many African Americans who participated in this movement showed a different side of the “Negro Life,” and rejected the stereotypes that were forced on themselves. The Harlem Renaissance was full of artists, musicians, and writers who wrote about their thoughts, especially on discrimination towards blacks, such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Langston Hughes. The Harlem Renaissance was an influential and exciting movement, and influenced others to fight for what they want and believed in. The Harlem Renaissance was the start of the Civil Rights Movement. The Harlem Renaissance started the Civil Rights …show more content…

The line “They drove me out of the forest. They took away my jungles.” shows that the white men had taken them away from their comfort zone, their families, and their possessions. There was also the line. “Now I herd with many- Caged in the circus of civilization,”that was a metaphor for being used as animals, along with others in civilization, which felt like a trap or cage. Langston Hughes portrayed many emotions as an African American in one poem, and tried to pervade the stereotypes, and speak the mind of the African Americans in the …show more content…

The Harlem Renaissance started the Civil Rights movement because it gave African Americans “racial pride, they gained more respect through the movement, and the music, writing, and art challenged the stereotypes they had of themselves. The Harlem Renaissance was an exciting and lively movement for all the races in the United States and influenced the music, art, and writing industry of today. It also inspired people of all races to be proud of their origin, and speak up for what they believe in. By speaking through their music, paintings, and writing, African Americans caught the attention of various people and gave them the courage to start the Civil Rights Movement, leading one another to great

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