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The Harlem Renaissance

Date and Time: September 21, 2022, 7:00 PM CT

Location: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka
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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. Presented by Lem Sheppard

Sponsored by: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library


For more information about this event, please contact:
Jacqueline Belden
(785) 580-4519


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