The Harlem Rennaissance
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Hello, my name is Langston Hughes.
I will tell you about the most important events of the 1920's, the Harlem Rennaissance.
The Harlem Rennaissance was an African American art movement that occured in Harlem, New York City, at the start of the 1920's.
I'm here to tell you about the many important artists that were involved in spreading black culture through art, starting with myself.
My works were meaningful and expressed my pride and hope for the black community, but i wrote them in a way that was similar to jazz music so that they were more interesting to the public.
I am considered to be one of the most influential artists of the Harlem Rennaissance. I, as a black male, have experienced prejudice. I lived in Missouri then moved to Harlem to spread my poetry.
Here's one of my most famous pieces that show my hope for blacks in American society.
I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed— I, too, am America.
This is James Weldon Johnson. He wrote editorials for New York Age, one of the most important black owned newspapers in the country.
This is James Weldon Johnson
He also worked as an organizer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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