Harlem Renaissance

Rentschler Library has put together a display of materials on the Harlem Renaissance as part of African American History Month.

Please stop by the library to see some relevant books and other materials on the artists, poets, novelists, and thinkers from this important time in our nation’s history.

Not sure what the Harlem Renaissance was? Read on:

“In 1925 a New York Herald Tribune article announced, ‘we are on the edge, if not in the midst, of what might not improperly be called a Negro Renaissance.’ The causes of this renaissance—as with all such movements—were financial and educational. Blacks participated in the postwar prosperity—although to a much lesser extent than did whites—and the young generation of literate and literary blacks made the best of it. Many of the most gifted gravitated to a center of black population north of 125th Street in Upper Manhattan that gave its name to the Harlem Renaissance. Harlem nightlife attracted white audiences, and black culture began to receive serious critical attention from white intellectuals.” **

A special thanks to Miami University Hamilton’s Office of Multicultural Services for loaning some items for the display. Please see their website for a list of other African American History Month events going on this month.

For even more information, check out the History Channel’s excellent African American History Month website.

** “Harlem Renaissance.” American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, Victor Bondi, Richard Layman, Tandy McConnell, and Vincent Tompkins. Vol. 3: 1920-1929. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Miami University Main Campus Oxford. 5 Feb. 2008 .

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