"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
(1944)
-William Johnson

COLOUR MY WORLD
An Internet WebQuest by:
Ralph A. Bucci - Charles W. Flanagan High School
Oscar Siflinger - Stranahan High School
Nick Leon - Layout Design

 

The Conclusion

 

As you now have learned, New York City's Harlem had become the largest black urban community in the country. Beginning in the early twentieth century, thousands of Southern blacks had migrated to the Northern cities. Blacks took advantage of the economic opportunities there and living conditions became less harsh. Harlem's crowded streets now were alive with a variety of accents and languages. Its music ranged from jazz to rumbas, hymns to parlor ragtime, spirituals to chamber quartets.

The excitement and energy of Harlem continually drew black intellectuals and artists from all over the world like a magnet.

After the 1920s, there now was a celebration of black literature, art, music, science and scholarship, and theater. The Talented Tenth were rewarded as the cosmopolitan atmosphere of cities grew, but at a price. As Carter Woodson said, 'The migraton of the intelligent Blacks has been attended with several handicaps to the race. The large part of the Black population[remained]in the South and stayed there for decades. The Southern Negroes, had been robbed of their due part of the Talented Tenth.'