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JUST A SHORT ONE PAGE SUMMARY* Langston Hughes and Other Voices of the Harlem Renaissance From approximately 1918 to the 1940s, migrations from America’s Southern regions to the North and the West brought major social and cultural changes. In the last Unit we considered the case of Zora Neale Hurston’s fictional character “John Redding,” who stayed in the South despite his yearning to travel and see the world. Now we will explore the cultural expressions of the 1920s and 1930s with a couple of poets who are associated with the Harlem Renaissance. What To Do: For items #2 to #5, please listen or watch or read and develop 2 significant takeaways from each item in your Discussion Board. [#1 was deleted] You do not have to label the item # for the items 2 thru 5 that you will discuss, you can just string your impressions and takeaways together. In the process, try to identify the key characteristics of the Harlem Renaissance. As you move forward, try to notice what is distinctive about the poetry and outlook of Langston Hughes, and what were some ways that he and other artists/authors/performers contrasted with each other, and what maybe they shared in common. For items in #6, explore the specific themes, ideas, and personal attributes of Langston Hughes that contribute to our understanding of his cultural impact. For example, how did he connect deep historic experiences and histories of black people to their consciousness, identity, and self-representation in the present? Finally, in items in #7, choose ONE of the other poets in these items and try to identify some examples of how the ideas, feel, tone, language and other aspects of the other poet compare and contrast to Langston Hughes. It will help to keep in mind that Hughes definitely embraced the everyday life and sounds of Harlem, the rhythms, the sound and feel of jazz music and a certain “jazziness” in his poetry. This is our NYC home-turf of Harlem, and I know many of you have grappled with Langston Hughes before. So let’s have some fun digging a little deeper into this major voice of he Harlem Renaissance! #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBBGxhuEcJM #3:https://www.poetryfoundation.org/collections/145704/an-introduction-to-the-harlem-renaissance #4:https://www.npr.org/2019/12/20/790381948/the-birth-of-a-new-negro #5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEJS39QuEAs #6a:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y34EPRpePTw&t=137s #6b:https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44428/the-negro-speaks-of-rivers #6c: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/17/742702244/in-lost-essay-langston-hughes-recounts-meeting-a-young-chain-gang-runaway #6d: https://www.biography.com/news/langston-hughes-harlem-renaissance #7a:https://allpoetry.com/Sonnet-to-a-Negro-in-Harlem #7b: https://poets.org/poet/countee-cullen

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