By Cherene Sherrard-Johnson
A better half to the Harlem Renaissance offers a entire number of unique essays that tackle the literature and tradition of the Harlem Renaissance from the top of worldwide battle I to the center of the 1930s.
- Represents the main accomplished insurance of issues and distinctive new views at the Harlem Renaissance available
- Features unique contributions from either rising students of the Harlem Renaissance and confirmed educational “stars” within the field
- Offers various interdisciplinary positive factors, reminiscent of the part on visible and expressive arts, that emphasize the collaborative nature of the era
- Includes “Spotlight Readings” that includes lesser recognized figures of the Harlem Renaissance and newly stumbled on or undervalued writings through canonical figures
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Edited by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 18 Carla L. Peterson radical political action, thus transforming Harlem into “a race capital” (Locke 1969, 7, 15). Writing was their weapon of choice. B. Du Bois founded The Crisis in 1911 as the monthly publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with the express purpose of promoting black artistic production and political activism. In his early editorials, Du Bois insisted that the magazine would “record important happenings and movements in the world which bear on the great problem of interracial relations, and especially those which affect the Negro‐American,” and also further “show the danger of race prejudice, particularly as manifested to‐day toward colored people” (qtd in Carroll 2005, 22–23).
That requires other nobler, more spiritual agencies” (Crummell 1995c, 131). These could only be developed, Crummell insisted, by means of a classical education. Although he never used the Du Boisian term Talented Tenth, Crummell similarly argued that this emergent sensibility would first be developed by an elite class of race men and women—“the molders of its thought and determiners of its destiny,” who would “transform and stimulate the souls of the race” and thus allow all black Americans to attend at long last to their “soul‐life” (Crummell 1995d, 202; 1995a, 198; 1995e, 147).
B. 1996b. The Souls of Black Folk. B. Du Bois Reader, ed. by Eric J. Sundquist, 99–240. New York: Oxford University Press. Orig. pub. 1903. Frederick Douglass’ Paper. 1851–63. Rochester, NY. Freedom’s Journal. 1827–28. New York. Hodges, Graham. 1999. Root and Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613–1863. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Johnson, James Weldon. 1972. Black Manhattan. New York: Atheneum. Orig. pub. 1930. 34 Carla L. Peterson Johnson, James Weldon.
A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson