Any guess where this is??. Harlem Renaissance. http://www.history.com/videos/the-harlem-renaissance-an-artistic-explosion#the-harlem-renaissance-an-artistic-explosion The Great Migration Move from the rural South to industrial North Harlem New York Epicenter of African artistic expression
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Influenced by Dixieland music & ragtime with its ragged rhythms & syncopated melodies
“Everything, and I repeat everything had to swing. And that was just it, those cats really had it; they had that soul. And you know you just can’t play some of this music without soul. Soul is very important.”
Harlem Renaissance succeeded in bringing international fame to African Americans & sparked political transformation in the U.S.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
1922- anti lynching bill was defeated by the Senate
-Lobbied public officials & used the court system
I Hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics--each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat--the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench--the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter's song--the ploughboy's, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother--or of the young wife at work--or of the girl sewing or washing--Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day--At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.
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