The Harlem Renaissance was a flourishing of Black culture in the 1920s. It centered around Harlem in New York but it quickly spread throughout the world and found a sister city in Paris.
It was a wide-ranging movement in visual art, literature, music, dance, fashion, and politics. Harlem Renaissance artists meditated upon Black history and processed the ongoing traumas of slavery, white supremacist violence, and racial injustice.
The Harlem Renaissance was a major platform for Black women artists. Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Lois Mailou Jones, and Augusta Savage were major figures, both at home and abroad.
Image: Aaron Douglas, Harriet Tubman (1931). Mural at Bennett College for Women. Greensboro, North Carolina