Harlem renaissance

By: Kara Antonucci

This painting by Horace Pippin relates to harlem renaissance because its a painting showing a black man holding the past to the future. It shows the aftermath of slavery and the civil war in an ironic way.
President John F. Kennedy meets with NAACP, discussing civil rights for blacks. This relates to the Harlem Renaissance because it shows the advances the blacks had after the war.
During the Harlem Renaissance Paul Robeson became a famous actor/singer. He also was a world activist, and spoke out against racism. But he was blacklisted. This shows even though blacks were advancing they still were mistreated.
This photo taken by Yale Joel shows a black man wearing a robe that says "Peace on Earth, Good Will to all Men". This means there should be peace between all men, which during the Harlem Renaissance is which black men were trying to achieve with white men.
During the Harlem Renaissance religion had a big influence on the black community. It gave them a place to gather together and be one. Religion also didn't divide men, Jacob's paintings were highly personal, showing his experiences through his paintings and the struggle towards unity and inequality.
This painting by Aaron Douglas relates to the Harlem Renaissance because it takes you through the journey of african americans from slavery, to freedom, to modern life. Douglas was a leader member of the renaissance and showed african americans to appreciate their culture through his paintings.
Langston Hughes was one of the first jazz innovators. He too was an earlier renaissance leader, influencing african americans to accept their culture. Hughes wrote books and poems. Hughes made a huge impact on literature for african americans.
Louis Armstrong was one of the most famous jazz musicians ever. He changed the way people looked at jazz. He played for white people, gaining respect for african americans everywhere. Armstrong proved that african americans were more than what people thought. He influenced countless musicians of all colors.
Duke Ellington relates to the renaissance because he changed music forever. Duke had a cotton club which only catered to white people. Even though Duke was african american he followed his dream and became one of the most rememberable jazz musicians ever, inspiring millions of african americans.
This painting by Jacob Lawrence shows how african americans during the Harlem Renaissance status were changing. They too now were rich and not consider slaves. It shows the difference of life for african americans after the war, and how it was improving.
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