Contrary to popular belief, the Renaissance was not only a movement that happened during the early ages of European civilization. It also happened right here, in the United States. During the period of 1920s to the mid 1930s, the Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual movement that centered around showcasing black artistry, whether that be in poetry, film, or other printed art mediums. One of the main vocal pieces of this movement that helped catapult its success would have to be the music style of jazz. Through jazz, different races could come together to learn about more about the common language of music and what it had to offer to The United States as a whole. In the words of Alain Locke black lives were, “seizing their first chances for group expression and self determination”. So next time you turn on some jazz music, or look at black art, think about the tremendous amounts of effort it took to get to that moment.
Amanda Mbuya, Intern