Looking back into the last decade was the beginning of what is known as the “Harlem Renaissance”. The start of this new movement began in Harlem, New York City after the Great War. But the Harlem Renaissance was not just in Harlem but found all around prominently urban communities in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States. During this time many people flocked to Harlem to take part in the new growing genre of music that we know as jazz. People from all over New York City would come to these new Jazz nightclubs the most popular being the Cotton Club, Connie's Inn, and Small's Paradise. The popularity of these jazz clubs come from the turning around of the record companies from only recording white jazz bands to black jazz bands hoping this would bring in more revenue. The newcomers who started to record with these companies where Mamie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Earl Hines, and the Red Spikes. The new way of playing jazz during the 20s was a more upbeat style called the “Harlem Stride Style”.
During the 20s gave birth to the wave of new intellectual thinkers such as W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and many more. These figures are currently working to fix the roles blacks are in in America.
W.E.B. DuBois is an African American professor at Atlanta University and is the co-founder of the NAACP and editor for their newspaper the Crisis. Dubois is a very prominent leader in the black community he fights for black civil liberties and the advancement of the black race. One of his key beliefs is the belief of helping the top ten percent African American excelling in literature and the fine arts which is called The Talented Tenth. By doing this the top ten percent can help spread the new ideals to the masses.
Marcus Garvey was another figure who made an impact on the...