The Harlem Renaissance was a very important African-American cultural and social movement during the early twentieth century. The Harlem Renaissance marked the first time that African-American artists and authors were taken seriously by American society. During the Harlem Renaissance, African-American music, theater, art, and politics flourished. The African-American artists and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance were some of the most famous of the twentieth century. The Harlem Renaissance was the single most significant event in modern African-American history (McKissack 11). One of the most important writers who was responsible for the growth of the Harlem Renaissance was Jean Toomer.
The Harlem Renaissance brought African-American literature and art to the attention of "White America". The Harlem Renaissance was an African-American cultural movement of the nineteen twenties and early nineteen thirties. It was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. During the Harlem Renaissance, African-American music (jazz, blues, and swing), theatre, art, and politics prospered and were recognized by the mainstream population of America. The Harlem Renaissance brought the entire African-American population of the United States together as one ("Against the Odds" Act 1). .
The Harlem Renaissance was the most important event in the history of African-American achievements ("Time-Life" 291). The Harlem Renaissance marked the first time that mainstream publishers and critics took African-American art and literature seriously. Before the Harlem Renaissance, African-Americans were often treated as second class citizens. "The Harlem Renaissance brought the entire African-American community together and united African-American artists and authors" (Haskins 9). Many historians see the Harlem Renaissance as the defining moment of African-American art in the twentieth century. The Harlem Renaissance is often attributed as being the Civil Rights Movement of the nineteen twenties (McKissack 25).