Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Marcus Garvey and Alain Locke

There will be a discussion group meeting on the Harlem Renaissance on Monday, September 14, 2009.

The Harlem Renaissance is the name of a well celebrated artistic resurgence of African-American art and literature in the 1920s. However, the Harlem Renaissance also involved the flourishing of a new political consciousness among African-Americans. This political/cultural consciousness was organized around the new sense of identity identified by Alain Locke, one of the theoreticians of the movement, as the concept of the “New Negro.” The term “New Negro” expressed the growing awareness by black Americans of their own powers and abilities.

One of other exponents of this new black consciousness was Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist and orator. Marcus Garvey was founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) that organized millions of African-Americans.
                                                                                                                    --Paul Sweeney