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November 15th Salon Series Lecture at APSU to Discuss Harlem Renaissance


Austin Peay State University

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Clarksville, TN – In the early 20th century, some of the country’s leading African American writers – including Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes and Claude McKay – found a home for their works in the influential journal, “The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races.”

The magazine’s long-serving editor, W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African-American Ph.D. graduate of Harvard University, championed these writers, ushering in that pivotal period in American literature known as the Harlem Renaissance. But what many people don’t realize is that the literary movement was born out of the strained relationships between these writers, Du Bois and the journal’s white benefactors. «Read the rest of this article»

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