Harlem Renaissance: Celebrate Good Times

After the systemic oppression of slavery & convict leasing followed by the trials of the Great Migration, African-Americans finally had space to express themselves through art, music, and poetry.

“I, Too” by Langston Hughes (all students will memorize & recite this by the end of the unit for a 100 point presentation grade)

It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing” by Ella Fitzgerald

Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway

Jump and Jive” Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers

Cotton Club Dancers dancing to “Bugle Call Rag” by Duke Ellington

Lindy Hoppers dancing

Nightlife by Archibald John Motley

Students will pull from other Harlem Renaissance links for the duration of this unit.

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