Thursday, April 20, 2017
Unfortunately, the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance did not extend into the segregated South, where African Americans faced severe restrictions, voting limitations, and limited opportunities. Earlier, there had been waves of migration out of the South to the Northern Cities and Southern California. The Harlem Renaissance ended abruptly with the Great Depression. Even the great art, music, and vibrancy would not withstand the huge economic shocks that occurred. The audiences dried up: and most of the former entertainers were left looking for work.
Still, it remains a wonderful opportunity to study how black culture flowered after the decades long struggle to establish a non-slave identity.