The Harlem Rennaissance

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.
  • Hello!
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