The harlem renaissance was an african american cultural movement that flourished in the 1920s and had harlem in new york city as its symbolic capital it was a time of great creativity in musical theatrical and visual arts but was perhaps most associated with literature it is considered the most influential period in african american literary history. The great migration drew to harlem some of the greatest minds and brightest talents of the day an astonishing array of african american artists and scholars between the end of world war i and the mid 1930s they produced one of the most significant eras of cultural expression in the nations history the harlem renaissance. Harlem symbolized the urbanization of black america in the 1920s and 1930s home to the largest concentration of african americans who settled outside the south it spawned the literary and artistic movement known as the harlem renaissance. Indeed african american culture was reborn in the harlem renaissance the great migration disenfranchisement and jim crow laws led many african americans to hope for a new life up north
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