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The Harlem Renaissance

Date and Time: January 18, 2020, 2:00 PM CT

Location: Manhattan City Hall - Peace Memorial Auditorium, 1101 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan
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Presented by Lem Sheppard

The booming, experimental period in American history known as the Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to the arts, culture, and intellect of African Americans. But it was also a time of struggle when white society failed to respond to issues of civil rights and social equality. Could art produced by African Americans primarily for African Americans succeed where politics, religion, and the courts failed? It was a tall order, but not for residents of Harlem, New York, where young Black men and women with college degrees worked and lived. This generation was determined to chart a new course far beyond their parents and grandparents, many of whom had been enslaved. Using jazz, blues, spirituals, and poetry, this presentation spans the 1920s and explores the contributions of Kansas artists who answered the call to this unmistakable moment.

Sponsored by: Manhattan MLK Jr. Memorial Committee

For more information about this event, please contact:
Debbie Nuss
(785) 341-1143


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