Martin Luther King Jr. has reigned in the hearts of African Americans for decades, and even up to this present day Dr. King still remains a prominent figure that changed the course of African American history. Martin Luther King Jr., the second of three children born to Alberta Christine Williams and Michael King Sr., was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up, Dr. King had to endure the hardships that African Americans in the south had to deal with during the 1940s, due to the Jim Crow law and racial segregation. He first encountered segregation when he was six years old when he was told that him and his favorite playmate where attending different school and could no longer play together because he was “colored.” M.L. attended Booker T. Washington High School where he started to develop a sense of individuality and an affinity for public speaking.
The Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation where ninety percent of black Americans lived. This gave black people hope for a new better life in the Northern states where those laws weren’t enforced. This renaissance was a cultural party that helped expose black writers, musicians, poets, artists, etc. This changed the culture forever and the talent started to spillover within the black community. Art was pushed to its limits and was a form of a statement and representation.
Our group of four is studying the progression of the Harlem Renaissance and the impact it made upon the Civil Rights Movement. We conceived our idea after one of our group members did not find interest to the prior topic choice of Alice Paul and brought another idea to the table. We find great attentiveness in the current topic due to fact that we enjoy learning more about the black culture and the arts of the world. We chose the Harlem Renaissance after setting a main focal point of adroitness. Our group’s entry is about the Harlem Renaissance encouraging one of the biggest impacts of the United States, the Civil Rights movement.
During the late 1900’s, an aesthetic movement known as primitivism integrated itself into Modern art. African and Pacific Island motifs, fetishes, and design elements were adopted into the work of Modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Moore.19 The rise in popularity of these primitive inspired artworks helped to influence Black Americans in investigating and reconnecting with their own cultural heritage.20 One of the concerns facing Black Americans was how to merge the heritage of their ancestors with being an American. Through music, the Blues evolved from African tribal songs to songs workers would sing while laboring in the fields before and after slavery. When Black American migrated north, the Blues transformed into Jazz
The Harlem Renaissance impacted african American Culture greatly in the 21st century. Without the Harlem Renaissance , the racial activities to African Americans would still exist . The Harlem Renaissance played a big part in stopping racial discrimination. This was the beginning of African American literature .The Harlem Renaissance Movement ended in the 1930s. The success of would have not been possible today without the Harlem renaissance.
For African-Americans facing opposition from antagonistic whites and Jim Crow laws leaving the South made political, social, and economic sense. The South was adversely affected by the decision of African-Americans leaving the South. There are three ways in which the Southern States were affected by the Great Migration. Socially, the personal giftedness, books, arts, inventions by African Americans flourished once they left the South. Politically, blacks made a greater impact upon the political elections.
“Unification Via Personification: Revisioned Version” Langston Hughes is known as one of the most influential African American poets. He has a large collection of works that still influence African American society today. Hughes contributed towards the Harlem Renaissance, which produced a surge of African American works in the 1920s. In addition, Langston Hughes is also known as one of the most inspiring African American civil rights activists and advocated for African American unity and solidarity. One of his most famous works is “Negro,” which is a poem that highlights African American identity through the personification of African American heritage.
The Harlem Renaissance was a phase of a larger New Negro Movement that had arisen in the early 20th century and in some ways ushered in the civil rights movement of the late 1940s and the early 1950s. The social foundations of this movement included the Great Migration of the African Americans, from rural to urban spaces, and the dramatically advancement of literacy. The creation of national organizations dedicated to helping African American civil rights, and “uplifting” the race by developing race pride. The Renaissance was a literary, artistic, and meaningful movement that sparked a new black cultural identity that lasted until the 1920s to the mid 1930s. Essence summed up by critic and teacher Alain Locke in 1926 when he declared that through art “Negro life is seizing its first chances for group expression and self determination”.
The culture I 've chosen to explore for this assignment is the African American culture. This culture has many many struggles that have been faced for as long as anyone can remember, I am specifically referring to the days when slaves were considered the norm. A good event I got recommended to go to from a good friend of mine was the Slaves of the State event. This event was so much more informing than I thought it would be and to be honest, it was something I needed to go to because I learned so much from it. This event was presented by Dennis Childs, who is an Associate Professor of African American literature at the University of California in San Diego.
The Harlem Renaissance was a time of rebirth for African-American culture, which left a legacy in jazz, literature, theater productions, motion pictures, and visual rats. The Harlem Renaissance was created as a result of many factors that went into effect during the Roaring Twenties. For example, due to the decimated economy of the South because of the Civil War, many “African-Americans headed [north] for jobs, education, and opportunities, [especially in Harlem], known as the Great Migration” (“The Harlem Renaissance” 1). Blacks migrated to the North to escape the prejudiced Southerners and to find jobs because of the economic boom. Although many African-Americans were