The Affect of the Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance, an era in an American Literature which produced some of the finest writers. It was a time when African Americans, in a significant number, became more assertive of themselves and racially conscious. The Harlem Renaissance was also a period of enlightenment for other African Americans, showing them that color had nothing to do with intelligence. More than anything else, the Harlem Renaissance was a marker of the shift of Black intellectuals from the South to the urban North and producing writers such as W.E.B. Dubois and Zora Neale Hurston who paved the way for authors such as Alice Walker.
William Edward Burghardt DuBois, to his admirers, was by spirited devotion and scholarly dedication, an attacker of injustice and a defender of freedom.( ) He was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. DuBois excelled in his studies as a young student but soon became aware that due to the color of his skin he was being judged. This was later reinforced and strengthened by inner withdrawals in the face of real discriminations.( ) DuBois once wrote about being rejected by a white girl back in grade school, “It dawned on me with a certain suddenness, that I was…shut out from their world by a vast veil.”
DuBois continued to excel in his academics all the way through high school. In his spare time he became a local correspondent for the New York Globe and started writing editorials expressing his thoughts for the black individuals to get an education and take pride in who they are.
While attending college at Fisk College, in Nashville, Tennessee, DuBois had now become fully aware of the discrimination of his people. In his three years attending Fisk, DuBois attended a county school over two summers, learning about the South and the African American culture. There he learned first hand of poverty, poor land, ignorance, and prejudice. But most impor...