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Black History Month: Scenes From The Harlem Renaissance

Duke Ellington performed regularly here, and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday both launched their careers at the venue’s amateur night. You can say that the Apollo Theater was the ‘Motown’ before Motown. Today, the theater stands as an artifact on the bustling 125th street.

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The Cotton Club might be Harlem’s most famous surviving jazz venue, but during the Harlem Renaissance that started after World War I and ended sometime during the Great Depression, it was also the neighborhood’s most notorious. It had been opened by Jack Johnson, the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion, as the Club Deluxe (or Club De Luxe) in 1920.

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A map of the Harlem Renaissance. I'm starting to love these cultural maps.

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Harlem Renaissance Fashion | .. | African American ...

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The women of the Gay Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance artists | The women of the Gay Harlem Renaissance | Welcome to Harlem's Blog

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Harlem Renaissance Clothing | African-American Style Icons Past and Present

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"I am a bit obsessed with this awesome picture. It’s Hilda Simms, Langston Hughes (bottom right) and actor Canada Lee (center in white shirt) at a party with other artists around 1944." - Vintage Black Glamour. Photo by George Karger/Pix Inc./Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.

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Black History Month resources for the classroom

Langston Hughes, my poetic godfather. Without him, there would be no me.

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