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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance: by Aberjhani (Goodreads Author), Clement Alexander PriceSandra L. West

Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

More than 370 entries cover topics such as: – Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters- W. E. B. Du Bois- Folk literature- Langston Hughes- Zora Neale Hurston- National Urban League- “Opportunity magazine – Charlie Parker- Universal Negro Improvement Association- and much more.

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s and 1930s. At the time, it was known as the “New Negro Movement”, named after the 1925 anthology by Alain Locke. Though it was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, many French-speaking black writers from African and Caribbean colonies who lived in Paris were also influenced by the Harlem Renaissance.

The Harlem Renaissance is unofficially recognized to have spanned from about 1919 until the early or mid 1930s. Many of its ideas lived on much longer. The zenith of this “flowering of Negro literature”, as James Weldon Johnson preferred to call the Harlem Renaissance, was placed between 1924 (the year that Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life hosted a party for black writers where many white publishers were in attendance) and 1929 (the year of the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression).

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