From Years of oppression and discrimination, the Harlem Renaissance gave black individuals a voice. The Harlem was a place for black culture to thrive, and unite into embracing and loving who they are, and what they do. Black individuals put their embracement into creative matters, giving America today some of the most important black culture there is.
The Harlem Renaissance now proves how important black literature, art, and music is to the United States. Although black culture is still unappreciated , without the Harlem Renaissance, black culture might have not been as known as it is today.
Facts on the Harlem Renaissance:
- The Cotton Club was one of the most popular nightclubs for black musicians to go perform and express themselves, to create a style known as jazz.
- Other significant individuals part of the Harlem Renaissance movement include: Duke Ellington, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith, and Paul Robeson. All figures helped inspire and advocate for the black culture movement.
- The Harlem Renaissance was centered in New York. It was were most black communities went to migrate.
- Some popular songs during the Harlem Renissance, "St. Louis Blues" by Louis Armstrong with Bessie Smith, "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by Duke Ellington, "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday and "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway.
- Zoot Suit: The Zoot Suit was a popular men's suit for African Americans of Harlem. The Zoot Suit was trousers that were high-waisted, wide-legged with pegged bottoms The long jackets were tight-cuffed with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders.