The Cotton Club was opened by a white "gangster" who orginally planned for only whites to enter and enjoy themselves. However, with more frequent performances of African American jazz groups. The owner became open to both blacks and whites entering. The Cotton Club became a place where African Americans could express themselves and show off their talents. It served as one of the first "hangout" places where many Americans came to stay entertained and have fun.
Langston Hughes was an African American poet, novelist and play writer, using jazz rhythms and dialects to illustrate the life of urban blacks in his work.
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."
"Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed - Let it be that great strong land love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above"
"I'm so tired of waiting, aren't you, for the world to become good and beautiful and kind?"
Zora Neale Hurston was an African American novelist, short-story writer and folklorist who provided a feminist voice to the Harlem Renaissance. She showed the world how freedom in a black-dominated place like Harlem highlighted the culture of sophisticated young African American individuals and their capabilities.
"If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it."
Zora Hurston, was one of the most powerful writers that the Harlem Renaissance saw. She did not sit silent in her suffering, she exposed white superiority, describing the trauma of Southern oppression.