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The Harlem Renaissance

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore the Harlem Renaissance.

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This lesson discusses the development and impact of the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the works of Aaron Douglas, Archibald Motley, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden.

Notes on "The Harlem Renaissance"


Image of Douglas, Noah’s Ark, Photo by Jennifer Mei, Creative Commons,; Image of Motley, Black Belt, Photo by Zeal Harris, Creative Commons,; Image of Lawrence, Self-Portrait, Fair Use According to Wikipedia,; Image of Bearden, Calabash, Fair Use According to Wikipedia,,_1970,_Library_of_Congress.jpg;

Terms to Know
Harlem Renaissance

A dynamic artistic and cultural movement centered in New York City, focusing on black consciousness, civil rights, and racial integration.


One of the most important art forms of the 20th-century, a purely African American music genre. 

New Negro Movement

A term popularized during the Harlem Renaissance encouraging African Americans to have self-confidence, racial pride, and self-expression.