Help students experience the Harlem Renaissance with this new Kennedy Center site

Created by ArtsEdge, a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored project of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, “Drop Me Off in Harlem” invites students to experience the sights and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance (1920s-1930s) through a unique multimedia experience that includes the poetry of Langston Hughes, the jazzy sounds of Cab Callloway, Duke Ellington, and Fats Waller, and the artistry of the sculptors, photographers, and painters who helped define a generation of African-Americans. Special media features let students view musical shorts, learn famous dance steps, and read excerpts from classic works. Plus, an interactive map plots out the location of important political, cultural, and social hangouts of the era. For teachers, the site contains suggested classroom activities highlighting the major themes and key artistic contributions of the time.

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