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Langston Hughes - prominent figure during the Harlem Renaissance and one of my favorite poets. #blackhistorymonth

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from MadameNoire

Black History Month: Scenes From The Harlem Renaissance

Duke Ellington performed regularly here, and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday both launched their careers at the venue’s amateur night. You can say that the Apollo Theater was the ‘Motown’ before Motown. Today, the theater stands as an artifact on the bustling 125th street.

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from PBS NewsHour Extra

Black History Month resources for the classroom

Langston Hughes, a Harlem Renaissance poet, helped pave the way for African American writers to be heard in the 1900's with his first published book "The Weary Blues" which was published in 1926. This was yet another way that Modernist literature was creating a new atmosphere in American Society.

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The Cotton Club might be Harlem’s most famous surviving jazz venue, but during the Harlem Renaissance that started after World War I and ended sometime during the Great Depression, it was also the neighborhood’s most notorious. It had been opened by Jack Johnson, the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion, as the Club Deluxe (or Club De Luxe) in 1920.

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from Welcome to Harlem's Blog

The women of the Gay Harlem Renaissance

In honor of the National Black Theatre Festival happening this month in North Carolina, black culture and politics site The Root rounded up a bunch of gay gossip about the Harlem Renaissance, the b...

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"Born in 1892, sculptor Augusta Savage fought poverty, racism and sexism to become a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Her extraordinary talent opened many doors that led to her becoming one of the most influential black teachers of her time and a strong voice for civil rights."

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