What is the Harlem Renaissance?
An Internet Hotlist on Harlem Renaissance

created by Mrs. Cinco in partnership with Ms. Johnson
Sagamore Middle School

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The Harlem Renaissance was a time period in U.S. history of an outpouring of African American literature chiefly in Harlem in the early 1900's and especially in the 1920's.

The writers acquired their themes and ideas for their writings from their own experiences living in Norteastern cities and the rural South of the United States. Some of the best known writers included Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, and James Weldon Johnson.

African musicians also gained fame. Jazz grew out of black folk blues and ballads.

Let's stop a minute and think about the famous speech of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

'I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.' I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood...I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character...I have a dream today...'

How does that speech connect to the Harlem Renaissance period? How does the Harlem Renaissance connect to today? Has life changed for the Black man and woman, and if so how? How does music reflect what is happening in society?

For this assignment you will be creating a PowerPoint presentation. You will now be researching this famous period of time yourself.

Your PowerPoint presentation will have a minimum of 6 slides. Include a works cited slide and Title slide.

Choose one style of music and define it: Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime, Swing, Soul?

Choose an artist that performs the style of music you chose.
Relate 5 interesting facts about their life in addition to a short biography. What time period did they perform in. Why are they important?

If you choose a white artist, explain why he/she deserves to be included in a black history month project.

Food for thought:

What is the Harlem Renaissance?

Include pictures of the artist.

Think about the questions posed in this hotlist. You may want to include this information in your presentation.

Finally, did you enjoy this project, why or why not?

These websites are just a guideline. You will also use the Web search tools found on the hotlist and conduct your own search. You must use at least 3 websites you have found yourself.

Due Date Friday 3/9 Extra credit if handed in early

Please print out a black and white copy for Miss Johnson in addition to the CD.

Slides should include:

A-Title, Name, Period
B-What is (your music style)
C-Who is your Artist (Bio)
dates lived and died
where lived
type of music famous for
D- Interesting facts of your person could be
who they worked with
most famous song/movie...etc
famous friends
E- What is the Harlem renaissance and how does your person connect to it?
F- What are the Jim Crow Laws? How did they affect your person and how does it connect to Dr. Martin Luther Kinds famous speech?
G- Did you like the project? Why/Not? What did you learn....etc
H- Works Cited (At least 3

Sound is extra Credit.


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Last revised Thu Jun 26 6:50:44 US/Pacific 2014