From the Harlem Renaissance to Slam: Black Poetry Movements

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Harlem Renaissance

Black writers have made major contributions to the poetry world. In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, take a look at Black poetry movements through the years. Natelege Whaley (@natelege)

Langston Hughes (pictured above), Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Bennett and others are a few of the gifted poets who were part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Much of their prose was centered on racial identity. Together, they and other Black authors published the short-lived literary journal Fire!! — its headquarters ironically burned down after one issue. 

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