Zora Neale Hurston, 1938, by Carl Van Vechten (Library of Congress)
One of the most creative and intellectually productive eras in African American history, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s was fueled by the contributions of African Americans in music, art, and literature. Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Lois Mailou Jones, and Alain Locke are prominent figures of the period who also had strong Washington, D.C. roots.
Historian and scholar Michele L. Simms-Burton, a former professor of African-American studies at Howard University, examines the creators and the works that came alive during a period whose influence continues to be felt.
10 a.m. The Great Migration and “The Warmth of Other Suns”
The Jim Crow South through industrialization, World War I, and urbanization
11:45 a.m. Modernism and the “New Negro Aesthetics”
Black writers, artists, and musicians defining a movement
1 p.m. Break
2 p.m. White Patrons and Supporters of the Harlem Renaissance
Carl Van Vechten, Charlotte Osgood Mason, Nancy Cunard, and the Harmon Foundation
2:45 p.m. “When Washington Was in Vogue”
The Harlem Renaissance reflected in the capital city
3:30 p.m. The Black Renaissance Lives On
The legacy of the Harlem Renaissance
- If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
- Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program.
- Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org.
- Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
- View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.