Facebook circle black small

Copyright 2015: Afro Deco

download Afro Deco logo





The Harlem Renaissance was the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem between the end of World War I and the middle of the 1930s. During this period Harlem was a cultural centre, drawing black writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars. Many had come from the South, fleeing its oppressive system in order to find a place where they could freely express their talents.

This print qualifies for FREE UK SHIPPING!

Digital Collage Giclée Print
size: 508mm x 711.2mm  20" x 28"
Paper: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth,  305gsm

Alphabet info:

A is for Armstrong – Louis Armstrong was best known for his audacious trumpet style and unique vocals.

B is for Burke - Selma Burke was a Sculptor who received national recognition for her portrait of Franklin D Roosevelt.

C is for Calloway - Cab Calloway was an energetic bandleader, singer, and all-around entertainer.

D is for Douglas - Aaron Douglas was a painter and the leading visual artist of the Renaissance.

E is for Ellington - Duke Ellington was one of the originators of big-band jazz.

F is for Flash Dancing - The Nicholas Brothers performed a highly acrobatic technique known as "flash dancing".

G is for Garvey - Marcus Garvey organised the first important Black Nationalist movement in the America.

H is for Hughes - Langston Hughes was one of the early innovators of Jazz Poetry.

I is for If - ‘If We Shall Die’ is the title of a poem written by Jamaican-born poet Claude McKay.

J is for Johnson - Williams H Johnson used a primitive style of painting to depict African-Americans street life.

K is for Krigwa - Krigwa Players was a prominent theatre group that performed in the basement of Harlem’s Public Library.

L is for Larsen - Nella Larsen was a novelist who explored the complex issues of racial identity.

M is for Motley - Archibald Motley was modernist painter best known for his paintings depicting social life and jazz culture.

N is for NAACP - The NAACP played a crucial role in the flourishing of the Renaissance.

O is for Opportunity - Opportunity magazine was an academic journal, which gave a voice to black culture.

P is for Philosophy - Alain Leroy Locke was an African-American philosopher, writer, educator, and patron of the arts.

Q is for Queen - Queen - The ‘Queen of Harlem’; Zora Neale Hurston was an author, folklorist, and anthropologist.

R is for Robeson - Paul Robeson was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author and political activist.

S is for Smith - Bessie Smith is regarded as one of the greatest blues singers of her era.

T is for Tower - The Dark Tower was A’lelia Walker ‘s salon where she entertained Harlem writers, artists, musicians, politicians and socialites.

U is for Ubangi - The Ubangi Club showcased LGBT performers like popular Blues performer Gladys Bentley.

V is for Van Der Zee - James Van Der Zee was photographer best known for his portraits of black New Yorkers.

W is for Waters - Ethel Waters was a Blues and Jazz singer and Broadway actress.

X is for Malcolm X - Malcolm X Boulevard formerly known as Lenox Avenue was at the heart of African-American culture during the Renaissance.

Y is for Young - Kathleen Tankersley Young was a poet and editor during the Renaissance.

Z is for Zoot  - The Zoot Suit is known for its extravagant design, and was worn by jazz musicians, entertainers and swing dancers.