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The Harlem Renaissance: A New Black Identity
A discussion of the importance of the Harlem Renaissance in creating a new Black identity.
# 109881 | 1,385 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2005 | US

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This paper argues that the Harlem Renaissance, or "New Negro Renaissance," of the 1920's, was unarguably one of, if not the greatest flowering of African-American thought and culture in the United States. It suggests that through the arts, African-Americans were able to articulate their opinions on politics, race identity, alienation and the concept of a 'place in society.' The paper discusses various views on the importance of the Harlem Renaissance.

From the Paper:

"The Harlem Renaissance, despite the turmoil and conflicting strategies, did serve to accomplish a single goal - "the New Negro," a Black Identity that would continue to live on for decades to come. The NAACP still exists as a strong advocate for African-American equality, and Marcus Garvey's underlying message of an America that does not belong to the Negro, would be echoed in Malcolm X's and other black radicals of the 1960's and 70's thoughts. The underlying result of the Harlem Renaissance, though, is the identity of the American Negro, with roots in Africa and in the South, a proud race, that has seen dark days and worse still. Marcus Garvey once exalted, "Up You Mighty Race, Accomplish What You Will!" And the African-American did."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harrison, Daphne Duval; Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920's; (c)1988 Rutgers University Press; New Brunswick, NJ; pp. 52.
  • NAACP; "Mission Statement;" NAACP Homepage; November 8, 2005; <12/14/05>
  • Huggins, Nathan Irvin; Harlem Renaissance; (c)1971 Oxford University Press; New York, NY; pp.22
  • DuBois, W.E.B.; "Three Negro Classics;" The Souls Of Black Folk; (c)1965 Avon Books; New York, NY; pp.215

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