Definition of the Harlem Renaissance from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Harlem Renaissance

(also Renaissance)
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a movement in African American culture in the 1920s which began in the New York district of Harlem. Achievements were made in literature, music, art and the theatre. Among the writers involved were Countee Cullen, Jean Toomer and Zora Neale Hurston, and the musicians included 'Duke'Ellington. The movement ended with the Great Depression.