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The Harlem Renaissance
The Joy And Pain of This Amazing
Intro To the Renaissance
Between the 1920s – 1930s, the
African – American culture
movement known as the “Harlem
Renaissance began.
 Music was featured and was
followed by dance and jazz bands.
 African-Americans were
encouraged to celebrate their
heritage and to become "The New
Negro," a term coined in 1925 by
sociologist and critic Alain Leroy
"...Our problem is to conceive,
develop, establish an art era.
Not white art painting
black...let's bare our arms and
plunge them deep through
laughter, through pain,
through sorrow, through hope,
through disappointment, into
the very depths of the souls of
our people and drag forth
material crude, rough,
neglected. Then let's sing it,
dance it, write it, paint it. Let's
do the impossible. Let's create
something transcendentally
material, mystically objective.
Earthy. Spiritually earthy.
Dynamic." - Aaron Douglas
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was born in a poor section of New
Orleans known as “the Battlefield” on August 4,
1901. By the time of his death in 1971, the man
known around the world as Satchmo was widely
recognized as a founding father of jazz – a uniquely
American art form. His influence, as an artist and
cultural icon, is universal, unmatched, and very
much alive today. Louis Armstrong’s achievements
are remarkable. During his career, he:
developed a way of playing jazz, as an
instrumentalist and a vocalist, which has had an
impact on all musicians to follow;
recorded hit songs for five decades, and his music
is still heard today on television and radio and in
wrote two autobiographies, more than ten
magazine articles, hundreds of pages of memoirs,
and thousands of letters;
appeared in over 30 films as a gifted actor with
superb comic timing and an unabashed joy of life;
composed dozens of songs that have become jazz
performed an average of 300 concerts each year,
with his frequent tours to all parts of the world
earning him the nickname “Ambassador Satch”;
became one of the first great celebrities of the
twentieth century
Billie Holiday
Born Eleanora Fagan
in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania April 7,
 Later moved to New
 In the 1930s she
begun singing a local
Because of her
beauty and her catchy
vocals, Lady Day
Holiday was an
instant idol – ess.
Charlie Parker
He was one of the most important figure
in Jazz history and also one of the
greatest tragic hero
 “Yard Bird” was his nick name because he
love chicken
 Parker come from Kansas city at the age
of fifteen
Music was his passion
 He lived a amoral life
and lived for any high
he could get
 He had one of the
best albums because
he backed be an
Aaron Douglas
He was one of he
Harlem Renaissance
famous painter
 His art was described
as “New Negro “
 His painting were
based on public
building, cover
it was also based on
black publication like
“The Crisis”
 He lived from 1898 to
Jacob Lawrence
Born in Atlanta he
 Younger than who
spent most of his time
took part in the era
in Pennsylvania
Lawrence was also at
an angle to them: he
 His parents divorce
was not interested in
therefore he went
the kind of idealized,
with his mother to
fake-primitive images
of blacks - the Noble
 He trained as a
Negroes in Art Deco
painter inside a library
he gained selfconfidence from the
Harlem cultural milieu
 Just an artist as Alain
Locke, Who strongly
believed the
possibility of an art
which spoke explicitly
to African American
and embody the
who believed strongly
in the possibility of an
art created by blacks
which could speak
explicitly to AfricanAmericans and still
embody the values,
and self-critical
powers, of
The wedding
Jacob Lawrence