Harlem Renaissance Hall of Fame Museum Project
In order to learn more about the impact of the prominent people who shaped America during the Harlem Renaissance time period, our Lit/Lang III class will be inducting members into our Hall of Fame Museum. Inductees into our museum will be primarily the writers and poets of the era as well as musicians, artists, and social change leaders. In addition some prominent places like the Cotton Club will also be highlighted in the museum.
Choose your inductee to the museum
You must choose from the following list and seek approval from Mrs. Stolte or Borger if you have another idea for an inductee. No sports figures – they’ve been overdone- learn about someone new. If there’s someone you want to cover, ask us. Links in orange weren’t on your original handout.
Writers and Poets
- Alain Locke and “The New Negro”
- Langston Hughes
- Zora Neale Hurston
- Gwendolyn Bennett
- Gwendolyn Brooks
- Maya Angelou
- Claude McKay
- Countee Cullen
- Arna Bontemps
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
- Helene Johnson
- James Weldon Johnson
- Jean Toomer
- Ma Rainey
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Duke Ellington
- Louis Armstrong
- Billie Holiday
- “Strange Fruit” and Abe Meeropol
- Josephine Baker:
famous entertainer, fought for French in WWII, part of French Resistance, adopted children from all over the world called her “Rainbow Tribe” (and you thought Madonna and Angelina Jolie were original)
- Cab Calloway
- The Nicholas Brothers
- Jelly Roll Morton
- Bessie Smith
- Mamie Smith (considered to be the first blues recording artist)
- Ivie Anderson (female singer, worked with Duke Ellington)
- Oscar Micheaux (African American film maker)
- Palmer Hayden
- Archibald J. Motley (phenomenal artist)
- Aaron Douglas
- Malvin Gray Johnson
- James VanDerZee
- Some of VanDerZee’s photographs
- Romare Bearden
- William H. Johnson
- Jacob Lawrence (created art about the Great Migration)
- Augusta Savage (female sculptor)
- Hale Woodruff
- Meta Warrick Fuller (female sculptor)
- Lois Mailou Jones (female painter influenced by Haiti & Africa)
- Charles Houston: The Man Who Killed Jim Crow / African American lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Madam C.J. Walker
(first self-made millionaire – salon owner / hair care products – her hair care line is still going strong)
- Ida B. Wells (fought against lynching)
- National Association of Colored Women / Negro Women’s Club
- W.E.B. Du Bois
- Marcus Garvey
- Marie Maynard Daly (conducted important studies on cholesterol & sugars)
- George Washington Carver (scientist)
- Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey (the women behind modern day gynecology – click on ‘transcript’ to the left to read information about the troubling history of medical experimentation on African Americans and its implications in modern day hospitals)
- Henrietta Lacks (her body’s cells are still reproducing in labs today to advance medicine around the world)
- The Black Wall Street
- Apollo Theater
- Cotton Club
- Savoy Theater
- The Great Migration 1910-1930
- The Negro Motorist Green Book (how to safely travel across America by car)
- Convict Leasing
Choose how you want to learn and create
Students may choose to work in groups of no more than two students, or they may choose to work individually.
Create an annotated bibliography using 3-5 sources:
Due 3/3/17 (100 pts. for Borger / Test Grade for Mrs. Stolte)
- Start each entry with the bibliographic citation (follow MLA format from the Purdue OWLwebsite or use Easybib).
- Entries that are longer than a single line are reverse-indented. See sample.
- Skip a line then write thorough summaries of the article.
- Include at least two-three significant quotes per entry. Quotes should be key to the argument; don’t just pick any random quote.
- Talk about ways in which ideas are similar to other texts you have read. What makes each article unique and how does each contribute to your overall argument?
- List entries in alphabetical order byauthor’s last name.
- Entries are single-spaced with a space between entries.
Cohen, Russell. “Tanning Trouble: Teens Are Using Tanning Beds in Record Numbers.”
Scholastic Choices 18 (2003): 23-28.
“Tanning Makes Your Skin Darker” by Russell Cohen is about how tanning works on a physiological level. It discusses how melanin in your epidermis blah blah blah. You should start each entry with the article title or website title and author followed by a short description of the article’s main idea (or thesis). The first sentence should contain the most basic information you would need for introducing your article in the body of your paper. Include two-three key quotes in your summary. Again, you’re laying the foundation for your presentation: by including key quotes now – as you read – you won’t have to re-read and re-search the entire article (or all articles again) later. State how information in this article (or webpage) compares to or contrasts with other data on your topic. It is ok if information is repetitive. You will use the information from your annotated bib. to create your project & present to the class.
Students must choose from the following projects to create an artifact(s) for the museum. Due March 7th (100 pts. for Borger & Test Grade for Mrs. Stolte) Consider a combination of one or more of these ideas:
- Any 2D – 3D Art
- Large Scale Wordle
- Original Portrait (drawing, etc.)
- Act/Short Play/Video (5 minutes)
- Speech Presentation (3-5 minutes)
- Other (get teacher approval)
Present your project to the rest of the class. March 7th & 8th (seminar grade for both Borger & Stolte) Be prepared to defend your person as a worthy inductee into the museum. This is what you need to include when you present:
- A short biography of your person’s life—education, jobs, notable works, influences, etc.
- The accomplishments or contributions your person made to the Harlem Renaissance or American culture—this can be done through inclusion of beliefs or quotes from your person.
- You need to consider the lasting effects of this person’s contributions on America as a whole.