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Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance

Art Is Philosophy
Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:30 PM Online
Jeffery Stewart by Lillian Lesser; Lana Turner
When philosopher Alain Locke edited the Harlem issue of the Survey Graphic that appeared on March 1, 1925, he infused the literary awakening of the 1920s now called the Harlem Renaissance with a philosophy of emancipation that was a quiet revolution in thinking about what it meant to be “Aframerican,” as he put it. This quiet revolution would not be achieved through politics or religion, but through a philosophy that art embodied our ability to change, to grow, and to regenerate ourselves and become a new people. In an opening presentation based on his Pulitzer Prize—and National Book Award—winning biography The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, historian Jeffrey C. Stewart explains this philosophy and shows how Locke put it into practice, followed by a conversation with Harlem style intellectual Lana Turner.

Other Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance course dates: April 29, May 6, and May 13, 2021.

Part of: Voices of Hope

Individual Sessions:
$25 (general public); $20 (seniors, students, educators); $15 (museum members)

Entire Series:
$90 (general public); $75 (seniors, students, educators); $55 (museum members)


Jeffrey C. Stewart
Lana Turner

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