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date: 30 May 2020

Harlem and the New Negro Renaissancelocked

  • Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

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What’s new in Harlem: the air expectant; arrival and departure; the train depot; the brownstones; the shoeshine boys, and the numbers runners; all the players assembled on these storied streets. The drumbeat struck in Harlem echoes in all the cities transformed by the Black Belt’s Great Migration. In the salons, rent parties, jazz clubs, and meetings of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) the New Negro Renaissance took its most definitive and impactful shape.

The violent end of Reconstruction the rise of Jim Crow segregation and the shift away from an agricultural economy galvanized black migration on a national and international scale As the global south moved north black Manhattan transformed from a small enclave of colored men and women to a more expansive micro nation of blackness as immigrants from Jamaica Barbados and Trinidad joined those from Mississippi Georgia and North Carolina The regional and ...

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