TheBlack Authors and the Harlem Renaissance
Themass movement of black authors, poets, and musicians to Harlemresulted in an overflow of various talents, which led to a drasticchange of the culture. Their activities brought to the birth of theHarlem Renaissance, a movement which highlighted the evils whichblacks were experiencing in the hands of the whites. The purpose ofthis essay is to look at music, poetry, and narratives used asstrategies by the African-Americans authors to showcase and addressthe miserable lives of the Blacks in the hands of the Whites.
Thestarting of the 20thcentury was a moment in history which was characterized by severeracism and oppression of the African-Americans by the Whites in theUS. The black authors, upon their arrival in Harlem, startedchampioning the recognition of blacks. Their music and poems acted as"the voice of the blacks". For instance, Langston Hughespoem, "the negro speaks of rivers" assisted in inspiringand bringing together the blacks when their rights were notrecognized (Baym& Robert 56).“I too” is another poem written by Langston, describing theblacks’ lives in America. He envisions a moment in future when theblacks and whites “will eat on the same table." By this, hemeant that a day would come when the blacks and whites would beconsidered equal. Another black writer, Zora Neale Hurston, in herpoem "how it feels to be colored me," narrates how she hada tough life in boarding school because she was among the few blacks.
Inconclusion, reading these narrations, we get the insight of how hardit was for one to be fully recognized as an American in the early1900s. We also get to understand the vital roles these writingsplayed during the Harlem Renaissance.
Baym,and Robert S. Levine, eds. TheNorton Anthology of American Literature: Eighth International StudentEdition.WW Norton & Company, 2013.