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Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance

The African American on the American Stage
Thursday, May 13, 2021 5:30 PM Online
Paul Robeson by Carl Van Vechten, Rose McClendon courtesy of The New York Public Library
From Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake’s Shuffle Along to Wallace Thurman’s Harlem to Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, African American writers and musicians redefined the American theater, as did actors Paul Robeson and Rose McClendon on American and international stages. Among the many gifts of the Harlem Renaissance, the movement’s contribution to theater and to American democracy is perhaps the least understood and most important today. Jeffrey C. Stewart introduces us to some of the key players and voices in New York’s vibrant Black theater scene during the 1920s and ’30s in a presentation and conversation with playwright Michael Dinwiddie. 

Other Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance course dates: April 22, April 29, and May 6, 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)


Michael Dinwiddie
Jeffrey C. Stewart

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