Some amazing tidbits that sparked my interest (and hopefully will spark yours):
1. In the years following and during the Harlem Renaissance, 2 million African Americans had migrated from southern states to those in the North in search of a better life. The South was plagued with ongoing discrimination, so they looked to the North almost as we look to West now: "Land of opportunities."
2. In 1917, around 15,0000 African Americans went on a silent protest, marching down the famous Fifth Avenue to stand up against hate-crimes against Blacks.
3. The "Red Summer of Hate" was occuring at this time, as African Americans responded with hostility towards lynchings and other hate crimes. The race riots occurred in 24 major cities, including Chicago and DC.
4. Shuffle Along opens on Broadway in 1921, including large, vivid musical numbers and singing. Many believed this sparked the Harlem Renaissance.
5. In 1933 the Works Project Administration was founded by Harlem Renaissance artists and writers to give African Americans work opportunities (government-sponsered!).
I think looking at the timeline, its truly amazing to see how active African Americans were at this time, and how they no longer remained passive as they had for so long before. These events on the timeline are truly inspirational, and provide a great basis for the poems and works that we have read in class thus far!