Romare Bearden (1911-1988) From the mid-1930s through 1960s, Bearden was a social worker with the New York City Department of Social Services, working on his art at night and on weekends. His success as an artist was recognized with his first solo exhibition in Harlem in 1940 and his first solo show in Washington, DC, in 1944. Bearden was a prolific artist whose works were exhibited during his lifetime throughout the United States and Europe.
Romare Bearden (1911-1988, Afro-American), ca. 1975, Homage to Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington, Collage, Offset color lithograph, 67 x 44 cm. Louis Armstrong (1901-1971, American trumpeter, composer, singer) Duke Ellington (1899-1974, American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra)
Claude McKay (1889-1948), 1928, photograph taken for 'Home to Harlem' promotion. Best-known for his poem “If We Must Die.” Claude McKay also published three novels and a collection of short stories. His most popular novel, Home to Harlem (1928), grew out of a short story of the same name. #HarlemRenaissance
Claude McKay (1889-1948), was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the #HarlemRenaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo (1929), Banana Bottom (1933), and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem that has not yet been published