Birth of the Harlem Renaissance Timelines: Catto Postscript

This year is used to mark the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, which actually spanned from about 1918 until the mid- 1930’s. During its time, it was known as the “New Negro Movement”, named after the 1925 anthology by Alaine Locke, son of Catto’s friend, Pliny Locke. The Movement also included new African-American cultural expressions across the urban areas in the Northeast and Midwest United States affected by the Great Migration of which Harlem was the largest. The cities of Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, and New York City saw some of the biggest population increases in the early part of the twentieth century.