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The Renaissance Period

Fast, flashy, and fly, this era ushered in a new wave of black art, intellectualism, and most importantly, resistance! In this class we will explore two decades of unapologetic blackness. As the struggle for human rights continued, black people sought to create autonomous spaces of cultural expression free from the white gaze. Black organizations such as the UNIA created opportunities for repatriation back to Africa, the Communist Party opened its arms to black leaders, and the anti-colonial movement in Africa was gaining steam. Full of life, vibrance, and color, this period was truly unlike any other. The music was loud, the skirts were short, and the fish fries were jumpin’!

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