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Extraordinary people of the Harlem Renaissance
Hardy, P. Stephen.
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New York : Children's Press, [2000]

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288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Looks at the many artists, photographers, choreographers, musicians, composers, poets, writers, and other creative people who made Harlem such an amazing place in the 1920s and 1930s.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.6 10.0 54558.
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NX512.3.A35 H37 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Black History

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This series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: History and Nature of Science Science and Technology Science as Inquiry Science in Personal and Social Perspectives. Social Studies: Culture People, Places, & Environments Science, Technology, & Society

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. This hefty volume, useful for research and interesting for browsing, introduces the leaders of the African American creative movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. A few chapters discuss topics such as "the New Negro," the Jazz Age, and patrons of the arts, but most are devoted to key figures in the movement. Forty-four individuals are featured in chapters several pages in length. Typically, there is a portrait photo and sometimes an additional black-and-white picture, perhaps of a band, a painting, or a stage production. Appendixes include an annotated list of 40 other figures in the Harlem Renaissance, a glossary, and lists of books and Web sites. Clearly written and designed, this provides a good starting place for research on the period and the people who created it. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This clearly written book is packed with information on 44 notable individuals of the period. Well-known figures such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Bessie Smith are included as are lesser-known people such as Laura Wheeler Waring and May Howard Jackson. Several pages of information are provided for each subject. Essays on "The New Negro," "The Jazz Age," and publications and patrons of the Harlem Renaissance are also included. There are vivid black-and-white photographs of individuals, groups, and productions as well as reproductions of covers of magazines and sheet music, and artwork. While this book is ideal for research papers, it can also be read from cover to cover by students interested in the arts or the era.-Tammy K. Baggett, Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The New Negrop. 16
William Edward Burghardt (W. E. B.) Du Bois: 1868-1963 Sociologist, Educator, and Political Activistp. 21
Marcus Garvey: 1887-1940 Activist and Publisherp. 27
Alain Leroy Locke: 1886-1954 Educator and Arts Advocatep. 33
James Weldon Johnson: 1871-1938 Diplomat, Songwriter, Attorney, Journalist, Novelist, and Educatorp. 38
The Jazz Agep. 43
Harry Herbert Pace and Black Swan Recordsp. 48
W. C. Handy: 1873-1958 Musician and Composerp. 53
Fletcher Henderson: 1897-1952 Music Arranger, Orchestra Leader, and Pianistp. 57
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong: 1901-1971 Composer, Trumpeter, and Singerp. 61
Ethel Waters: 1896-1977 Singer and Actressp. 66
Bessie Smith: 1894?-1937 Singerp. 70
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson: 1878-1949 Dancer and Entertainerp. 74
Charles S. Gilpin: 1878-1930 Actorp. 79
Paul Leroy Robeson: 1898-1976 Scholar, Athlete, Actor, Singer, and PoliticalActivistp. 83
James P. Johnson: 1891-1955 Jazz Pianist and Composerp. 89
James Hubert "Eubie" Blake: 1883-1983 Musician, Composer, and Performerp. 92
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington: 1899-1974 Composer, Pianist, and Bandleaderp. 97
Getting the Word Out: Publications of the Harlem Renaissancep. 102
James Mercer Langston Hughes: 1902-1967 Poet and Writerp. 107
Countee Cullen: 1903-1946 Poetp. 111
Claude McKay: 1890-1948 Writer and Poetp. 115
Jean Toomer: 1894-1967 Writer and Poetp. 119
Arnaud "Arna" Bontemps: 1902-1973 Writer and Educatorp. 125
Nella Larsen: 1891-1964 Writerp. 128
Nora Zela Hurston: 1901-1960 Writer and Anthropologistp. 131
Wallace Thurman: 1902-1934 Writer and Editorp. 135
Jessie Redmon Fauset: 1882-1961 Writerp. 139
Sterling Allen Brown: 1901-1989 Writer and Poetp. 143
Carl Van Vechten: 1880-1964 Writer and Photographerp. 146
Patrons of the Harlem Renaissancep. 152
Mary Edmonia Lewis: 1845-? Sculptorp. 161
Henry Ossawa Tanner: 1859-1937 Painterp. 168
May Howard Jackson: 1877-1931 Sculptorp. 174
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller: 1877-1968 Sculptorp. 178
Nancy Elizabeth Prophet: 1890-1960 Sculptorp. 182
Aaron Douglas: 1899-1979 Painterp. 186
James Van Der Zee: 1886-1983 Photographer and Photojournalistp. 192
Laura Wheeler Waring: 1887-1948 Painterp. 196
William Henry Johnson: 1901-1970 Painterp. 200
Archibald Motley Jr.: 1891-1981 Painterp. 208
Richmond Barthe: 1901-1989 Sculptorp. 213
Hale Aspacio Woodruff: 1900-1980 Painter and Educatorp. 220
Palmer C. Hayden: 1890-1973 Painterp. 225
Horace Pippin: 1888-1946 Painterp. 230
Sargent Claude Johnson: 1887-1967 Sculptorp. 235
Augusta Christine Savage: 1892-1962 Sculptor, Activist, and Educatorp. 240
James Lesesne Wells: 1902-1993 Painter and Printmakerp. 246
More Extraordinary People of the Harlem Renaissancep. 250
Glossaryp. 260
For Further Readingp. 266
Indexp. 276
About the Authorp. 288