The Harlem Renaissance


  1. The Harlem Renaissance was also a key part of the 1920s.
  2. Harlem Renaissance - A literary and artistic movement celebrating African American culture in the 1920s.
  3. Key figures in the Harlem Renaissance included
    1. Marcus Garvey - Politician who preached that African Americans should return to Africa.
    2. Duke Ellington - Jazz musician.
    3. Bessie Smith - Jazz musician.
    4. Louis Armstrong - Jazz musician.
    5. Langston Hughes - Poet / Writer. Read the following poem by Langston Hughes:

A DREAM DEFERRED by Langston Hughes.

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
Like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?