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Exploring the Harlem Renaissance


African American World 

America in Class 
The National Humanities Center provides access to a wide range of both primary and secondary sources through this search portal. Search for the Harlem Reniassance or your individual topic to find historical analysis, literary criticism, and primary works.

Becoming American:  America in the 1920s (Black and  White Divisions)

Golden, Thelma. "How Art Gives Shape To Cultural Change." N. p., 2018. Web. 14 Mar. 2018

"Harlem Burgeons As An Art Gallery District." Crain's New York Business. N. p., 2016. Web. 13 Mar. 2018.

"Photographing Harlem’s Residents As They Want To Be Seen.Hyperallergic. N. p., 2017. Web. 13 Mar. 2018.

WebGuide to Harlem Reniassance Materials
Index and links to materials in the Library of Congress American Memory Collections,  Includes sheet music, scripts, photographs and other primary source documents.


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"Lindy Hop in Harlem: The Role of Social Dancing." Drop Me Off In Harlem." N. p., 2018. Web. 14 Mar. 2018.

This 1914 archival footage features dancers exhibiting some amazingly modern moves. 

Miller (Caravan) dance scene. Said to be the earliest known recorded footage of "break dancing," the clip was recorded in th 1930s. And check out this version, reset to Koke by Tribe

Charleston  - Al & Leon (Synced to modern music)  and Shorty George (at 2:36)
instructional Video

Lindy Hop -  Early Savoy Style Frankie Manning Savoy Style | Instructional Video

Frankie Manning Tribute (Ambassador of the Lindy Hop) 
Shorty George After Seben

1921 Shuffle Along | 1921 Shuffle Along Revival

Sports and the Harlem Renaissance

An African American Timeline of Inclusion in Sports

1867 "Negro Ban" in baseball

1904 Negro Basketball Leagues formed.

1904 George Poage participates and medals in track and field during Olympics.

1908 John Baxter Taylor wins gold in track and field, representing the US in the Olympics.

1910 Jack Johnson becomes Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1920 Formation of the Negro National/American Baseball Leagues

1938 Joe Louis wins the "greatest professional fight of the 20th century"

1946 Jackie Robinson signs MLB

1940 UCLA Football star Kenny Washington is not picked for the NFL draft.

1947 Kenny Washington signs with NFL Los Angeles Rams 

1950 Integration of the NBA

1966 Integration of college basketball.

The Harlem Globetrotters began as the "Savoy Big Five" in Chicago (1926).  Their first game was played in Illinois, during which they wore jerseys that had the city name NEW YORK printed on them in order to impress upon fans that they were from the "big" city.  The evolution of the name to the Harlem Globetrotters emphasized that they were an all-black traveling team in keeping with the cultural renaissance of the Harlem movement.  They didn't actually play a game in Harlem until years later (1968). The Globetrotters did lose a game the the New York Renaissance (ironic!) in 1939, but thereafter returned to win again and again.  The team was so good, often winning games with more than a 100 point spread, that players began to entertain themselves and their audiences with antics amid their skills.  This style of play, both serious and entertaining, became and continues to be the team's trademark.

Johnson, Scott. How the Harlem Globetrotters Changed th World, Newsweek, Feb 12, 2017. 

Gilligan, Heather. The Black-versus-White Basketball Game that Integrated the Sport,, Timeline, Feb 26, 2017

Grossman, Ron. How the Harlem Globetrotters Integrated the NBA, Chicago Tribune, Feb 14, 2015


Silent Parade

Silent Parade Video, 1917. Wikimedia.

Boys, Bowery. "Listening To The Silent Parade Of 1917: The Forgotten Civil Rights March - The Bowery Boys: New York City History." The Bowery Boys: New York City History. N. p., 2017. Web. 14 Mar. 2018.


Brown, DeNeen, and DeNeen Brown. "Google Memorializes The Silent Parade When 10,000 Black People Protested Lynchings." Washington Post. N. p., 2018. Web. 14 Mar. 2018.


"A Silent Protest Parade In 1917 Set The Stage For Civil Rights Marches." miamiherald. N. p., 2018. Web. 14 Mar. 2018.

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