Stale Grapes Network presents the Harlem Renaissance

These buildings on West 135 Street were among ...

These buildings on West 135 Street were among the first in Harlem to be occupied entirely by blacks; in 1921, #135 became home to Young’s Book Exchange, the first “Afrocentric” bookstore in Harlem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello everyone, and welcome to another educational peace, as presented by me, Maddy Haroldson. And today, we are going to be learning about the Harlem Renaissance.

What is the Harlem Renaissance, you are asking?

In between the years following World War I and the 1930s, there was a social and cultural explosion that took place in the city of Harlem in New York. Many black artists authors musicians actors and philosophers were drawn to the city of Harlem, where they displayed their work for the world to see.

The Harlem Renaissance brought about many changes, particularly to music, fashion, and literature. Various numbers of Americans soon began to take an interest in African American culture, mainly by attending shows which featured jazz music, watching various plays which were written by African-American playwrights, and reading various books the detail the life of African Americans.

Although the Harlem Renaissance fizzled in the 1930s due to the Great Depression, many of his ideas lived on, even until today. The Harlem Renaissance is credited in part for bringing civil rights to a country that most desperately needed it.

I’m Maddy Haroldson, and this was a moment in African-American history as presented by the Stale Grapes Network. I will see you tomorrow for another history lesson.