The Harlem Renaissance, or the New Negro Movement, was a period of great cultural activity and innovation among African American artists and writers. New artists and landmark works appeared in literature, dance, art, and music. Writers such as Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes, painters like Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, and musicians and composers such as Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith, became widely known as members of the Harlem Renaissance. This collection of primary resources from the Library of Congress provides a window into that time period. The accompanying Teacher's Guide provides historical context and teaching guidelines.
Learn more about the LOC's Harlem Renaissance collection.