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Harlem Renaissance

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Countée Cullen in Central Park, 1941.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Countée Cullen was part of the extensive circle of poets that resided in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1925 Cullen published his collection of poems, Color, to great acclaim and went on to become an assistant editor at Charles S. Johnson's journal Opportunity. Cullen was criticized for wanting to be known as a poet rather than a "negro poet" and soon fell from grace in the eyes of the arts movement where race pride was central. Cullen went on to marry the daughter of W. E. B. Du Bois, win a Guggenheim Fellowship, and publish several works of fiction.

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