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Harlem Renaissance

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Charles Spurgeon Johnson, 1948.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

In 1924 Charles Spurgeon Johnson, in his capacity as the editor of National Urban League's journal Opportunity, sent invitations to a group of mostly unknown African American poets to attend a celebration of literary talent in Harlem. This Civic Club dinner heralded the emergence of the literary talent bringing together new writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes with established persons such as Eugene O'Neill, James Weldon Johnson, and W. E. B. Du Bois. This extremely successful event is often viewed as one of the watershed moments of the Harlem Renaissance.

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