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p. 110Epilogue: Beyond Harlemlocked

  • Cheryl A. Wall


Many renaissance writers did not make Harlem their home and the ones that did travelled extensively. They found the air freer to breathe abroad. Like their white compatriots, they considered mainstream American culture philistine. The Epilogue charts the travels of Gwendolyn Bennett, Jessie Fauset, Claude McKay, painters Henry Ossawa Tanner, William Johnson, and Archibald Motley, and the sculptor Augusta Savage who all spent time in Paris, which was the site for encounters among West African, Caribbean, and Negro American intellectuals, who exchanged political and literary philosophies. It concludes that after the end of the renaissance in the mid-1930s, it was the 1960s’ “Black Arts Movement” that rediscovered the Harlem Renaissance.

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