Sunday, February 1, 2009

Start of Black History Month

Today is the start of Black History month and since this year we made history, I've decided to share a piece of Black History every day this month...enjoy. THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE The Harlem Renaissance was flowering of African American creativity that exploded in America in the 1920s. The Renaissance is usually thought of as primarily a literary movement of novelists and poets. Talented writers certainly did flourish during this period: Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen wrote poems, Nella Larsen and Jean Toomer wrote novels, and Zora Neale Hurston wrote about black folklife. But the Renaissance was much broader in its scope, and a great deal more than writing was happening. Aaron Douglas painted extraordinary pictures, and sculptor Augusta Savage turned stone into portraits. In music, Louis Armstrong was playing jazz, and Bessie Smith sang the blues. Broadway was open to black musical theater with zestful singing, dancing and comedy. The whole country was moving to the rhythm of a black dance called the "Charleston." In politics, Marcus Garvey was calling for black self-reliance and identification with African heritage. W.E.B. Du Bois was fighting against segregation and for civil rights for people of color. It is astonishing that so much energy, talent, and creativity could be released all at once, and that it could infuse the whole nation with a unique new vigor and originality. Little known Black History Facts McDonald's Corporation

1 comment:

Ms. Aja B. said...

Love this idea! Looking forward to seeing more posts! :)