Black History Facts- Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance 1910-1930's

This Black History Month fact is in honor of The Harlem Renaissance one of my favorite era's in American history. I have always been fascinated with the fashion, music and structure of black business and community of that time period. The Harlem Renaissance was the development of the Harlem neighborhood in NYC as a black cultural mecca in the early 20th Century. It began in the early 1900's when few middle-class black families from another neighborhood known as Black Bohemia moved to Harlem, and other black families followed. Prior to this boom the area was meant for upper class white families. Between 1910 and 1920 a large amount of blacks moved from the south to the north known as the Great Migration. One of the prominent figures of this movement was W.E.B Du Bois who also founded the NAACP. By 1920, some 300,000 African Americans from the South had moved north, and Harlem was one of the most popular destinations. The Harlem Renaissance is considered a golden age in African American culture, manifesting in literature, music, stage performance and art.

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