In Jazz Age Harlem, the rise of black culture produced talents like Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington. But this ‘Black Renaissance’ wasn’t limited to men. A largely unsung group of black women were a driving force in the Jazz Age Harlem movement. They wrote poetry, managed literary journals, and held salons that nurtured Harlem's great social revolution of the 1920s.

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Harlem Socialites: Photo James Van Der Zee

Women poets of the Harlem Renaissance wrote about nature, romantic love and motherhood, but their racial identity was always at the forefront of their work. They embraced the common threads running through all the ideas and entertainment of Jazz Age Harlem—a sense of pride, political assertiveness, and pure delight in the time and place.