The Harlem Renaissance was a time of artistic and ideological advancement in the African American community around the country formed out of Harlem, New York. Lasting from the closing of the great war till the beginning of the great depression.
During this time the African American community found itself playing a large part in the artistic industry. Musicians, painters, writers, and intellectuals finally had places in their communities. In this time white people were joining the African American community to enjoy art, something that had not happened before. The Harlem Renaissance lead the way for advancements in not only the African American community but the nation as a whole.
While the Harlem Renaissance lasted the nation saw a massive increase in the African American art community but also a increase in African American intellectuals. W. E. B. Du Bois was the most prominent. Du Bois was the first black person to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. Before that he gained his education at Fisk University an all black Tennessee university. After his education he held a teaching position at Wilberforce University then Atlanta University. He then left the classroom to founded the NAACP.
The NAACP was formed in 1909 to achieve full equality for African Americans. They worked in the courts and in society to fight racism and injustice. The Crisis is a NAACP publication formed a year post the NAACP creation. Since its first release the Crisis has published literature highlighting African American culture, thought, and history.
During the Harlem Renaissance the Crisis published works that highlighted the growing vibrancy in the African American community. It was sometimes looked at as a radical and extreme literary piece, but most of its works were simple pieces about the African American community. W. E. B. Du Bois used the Crisis as a way to support and build up the African American community.