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With the Harlem Renaissance came the explosion in African American literature inspired by Alaine Locke's The New Negro: An Interpretation (A. and C Boni, 1925), a seminal anthology of fiction, poetry, and essays by writers including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, and others. Locke presented a new vision of black identity, as the intellectual, social, and artistic movement that centered in Harlem took root and led to the publication of sensational works of fiction and nonfiction.

Classics of the Harlem Renaissance celebrates literature of the era as key to understanding not only African American history and culture, but the Harlem Renaissance as a significant step towards the American ideal of freedom and opportunity.

Complimenting the book display is Harlem Renaissance 100: Collaborative Drawing, our newly launched app which highlights one classic artwork of the Harlem Renaissance each day. Come together at this online drawing platform and create something beautiful based on original paintings, prints, drawings, and other pieces by alumni of Teachers College and other leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

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