'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History

'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History

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Esther Popel, poet of the Harlem Renaissance and first known female black graduate of Dickinson

Esther Popel, poet of the Harlem Renaissance and first known female black graduate of Dickinson

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Nella Larsen, an acclaimed novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, became the first African American woman to win a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Most famous for her two books, Passing and Quicksand, she disappeared from the public eye after a plagiarism accusation and a high-profile divorce. She spent the last 30 years of her life in obscurity as a nurse in New York City.

Nella Larsen, an acclaimed novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, became the first African American woman to win a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Most famous for her two books, Passing and Quicksand, she disappeared from the public eye after a plagiarism accusation and a high-profile divorce. She spent the last 30 years of her life in obscurity as a nurse in New York City.

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Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: Langston Hughes—The Prophetic Poetic Voice of the Black Experience.   For many folks Langston Hughes is THE great African American Poet.  Certainly he was a break out star who won wide audiences among both Blacks and Whites with gritty yet lyrical poems that unflinchingly cast a light on the Black experience—and his personal experience—in America.  In doing so he opened the doors for others.   Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902.

Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: Langston Hughes—The Prophetic Poetic Voice of the Black Experience. For many folks Langston Hughes is THE great African American Poet. Certainly he was a break out star who won wide audiences among both Blacks and Whites with gritty yet lyrical poems that unflinchingly cast a light on the Black experience—and his personal experience—in America. In doing so he opened the doors for others. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902.

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Countee Cullen (May 30, 1902 - January 9, 1946) was a leading poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Raised by Rev. Frederick Cullen, pastor of Harlem's Salem Methodist Episcopal Church and local NAACP President, he excelled in school and earned a Master's Degree from Harvard. In 1928 Cullen was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to write poetry in France, and he married Nina Yolande DuBois, the daughter of W. E. B. DuBois. #TodayInBlackHistory

Countee Cullen (May 30, 1902 - January 9, 1946) was a leading poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Raised by Rev. Frederick Cullen, pastor of Harlem's Salem Methodist Episcopal Church and local NAACP President, he excelled in school and earned a Master's Degree from Harvard. In 1928 Cullen was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to write poetry in France, and he married Nina Yolande DuBois, the daughter of W. E. B. DuBois. #TodayInBlackHistory

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