1920 – 1935
142nd Street and Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York
Home to blues singer Bessie Smith, pianist Jelly Roll Morton, bandleader Louis Armstrong, composer Duke Ellington, dancer Josephine Baker, and actor Paul Robeson were among the leading entertainment talents of the Harlem Renaissance, while Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston were some of its most eloquent writers. Cotton Club
The first time that mainstream publishers and critics turned their attention seriously to African-American literature, music, art and politics. Many of the country’s best and brightest black advocates, artists, entrepreneurs, and intellectuals had situated themselves in Harlem. They brought with them not only the institutions and businesses necessary to support themselves, but a vast array of talents and ambitions. The area soon became known as “the Black Mecca” and “the capital of black America.”
One of the best speakeasies in Harlem was the Cotton Club, only African-American entertainers could perform there, while only white clientele (with few exceptions) were allowed to patronize the establishment.
Today at Harlem, People were filled in the streets. I never knew Harlem was such a popular place. I then notice some white folks too. I wondered why in the world are white people here because whenever they are here they always cause problems but not this time. They were having fun and dancing. I started to join in too. I also made friends with a boy named Nick. I notice a flag called the Harlem Renaissance. That’s why people are here, it’s the Harlem Renaissance.