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The Harlem Renaissance was a period in the 1920’s when African American music, literature, theater and art flourished. Early 20th-century population growth and commercial expansion resulted in real estate and transportation developments that paved the way for an urban setting that would showcase African American culture.
Although African Americans have been present in Harlem since the 1630’s, the early 20th century saw the Great Migration of Blacks from the South and immigration of Blacks from the West Indies seeking economic freedom and prosperity. The convergence of these two populations contributed to the growth of the area and set the stage for an artistic revolution known as the “Harlem Renaissance”.
This “Renaissance” coincided with the Jazz Age that spanned the “roaring” 20’s to the 1940’s. It was a time of social revolution and transformative change during which a new type of improvisational music and style of art was born.
Kevin Draper Listen & Learn Salons @Linda’s! Our 2024 Salons will explore topics that cannot be efficiently covered on foot. Join for a glass of something, some apps and conversation with old and new friends before and after Kevin speaks. A fun and brain expanding way to kick off your evenings connecting with historical content and other humans. ?