Harlem Renaissance: The 20th century movement that elevated black culture and image

The birth of the African-American popular culture as a global phenomenon dates back to the 20th century in Harlem, New York. Harlem is popularly known as the Black Cultural Mecca famous for its great jazz clubs, African-American arts, culture, and heritage.

The city was originally a Dutch settlement in the 17th century and was named after Haarlem city in the Netherlands. Since 1902, the town has been a settlement of African Americans. The Harlem Renaissance spans between 1918- 1937 but was in its peak between 1920-1929. It is an essential era in African American history noted as the most influential movement in African American literary works and the creative culture.

It all began when the First World War left a terrible mark on the industrial cities in America. Many…

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