AFRICAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT- PART 2

The Dynamics of Global Africans De-colonising and Liberating Minds of People Everywhere!

HARLEM RENAISSANCE – USA – Paris – the World – 1920s – 30s – 40s!

Harlem Renaissance Performers

The impact of the Harlem Renaissance creative, cultural, and economic revolution in America, inspired generations of African Americans to the present time. Presented to the world, the high levels of creativity, and intellectual excellence achieved during the era. Challenged the negative racist stereotypes, promoted by Jim Crow laws of segregation, and apartheid living policies and regulations.

Duke Ellington & Alain Locke.

In the early 1920s, Alain Locke a professor of philosophy in America, became deeply aware how the stereotype of Black people, promoted by the white media.

Generated barriers in the attempt, to embrace their African American experiences, heritage, and legacy. Locke emphasised the need of cultural pluralism in America, with a need of functioning together, in a harmonious democratic society.

Alain Locke, the authority and author of the ‘The New Negro’ – the book was pivotal in generating a new wave of optimism, in the daily life of African Americans. With the high concentration of artists, stage performers, professional businesses, scholars and intellectual in Harlem, New York.

Duke Ellington Band – 1920s.

Harlem became the capital of African American cultural life, and also a nightlife destination for all Americans, and visiting tourists. The New Negro, presented a new way of thinking about Black pride. It explored a new aesthetic of self determination.

Harlem
Harlem

With the ability to articulate a new vision of self, and original authentic artistic expressions. All together, everyone relating and participating in the Creative Movement in Harlem, created a new standard of excellence, and finesse, that is yet to be equalled.

Harlem
Alain Locke

During the 1920s, outspoken political leaders, under the banner ‘the New Negro is Not Afraid – offered individuals a path to new social consciousness. New commitments to political activism, new spirit of pride, and self-determination.

The ‘Great Depression’ in America from the early 1930s, and especially the riots of 1935, delivered a crashing blow of ruin, and bankruptcy in Harlem.

The majority of the riots, were inflicted on African American homes, and businesses. A major turning point in American history, the Harlem Renaissance sow the seeds for the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The Renaissance was a coming of age celebration, the conquering of oppression, and finding new forms of individual expressions, towards racial and human equality.

Poster for Exhibition – until 28th July – 2024.

The New ExhibitionMetropolitan Museum of Art, offers a major overview of the Harlem Renaissance. Not to be missed.

Even if you are unable to visit the museum, there is enough to satisfy everyone, regardless of your taste in art and history.

The series of podcast available online at: ‘met museum.org‘ offer a great insight all about that historical era.

The podcasts are in five episodes:

Episode 1 – The New Negro

Episode 2 – Portrait & Fashion

Episode 3 – Art & Literature – Episode 4 – Music & Night life – Episode 5 – Art & Activism. Nu-Active.