Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance

noun
a renewal and flourishing of black literary and musical culture during the years after World War I in the Harlem section of New York City.
Also called Black Renaissance.
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Main Entry:  Harlem Renaissance
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a cultural movement in 1920s America during which black art, literature, and music experienced renewal and growth, originating in New York City's Harlem district; also called Black Renaissance, New Negro Movement
Example:  African-American authors and poets, artists, musicians, and movie stars found greater freedom of expression and greater support from white sponsors during the Harlem Renaissance than existed previously.
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Harlem Renaissance definition


An African-American cultural movement of the 1920s and 1930s, centered in Harlem, that celebrated black traditions, the black voice, and black ways of life. Arna Bontemps, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, and Dorothy West were some of the writers associated with the movement.

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