The Collected Piano Works of R. Nathaniel Dett
By Femi Lewis
The Harlem Renaissance is a period in American History marked by an explosion of expression by African-American and Caribbean writers, visual artists and musicians. Established and supported by organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League (NUL), Harlem Renaissance artists explored themes such as legacy, racism, oppression, alienation, rage, hope and pride through the creation of novels, essays, plays and poetry. In its 20-year span--from 1917 to 1937--Harlem Renaissance writers created an authentic voice for African-Americans that showed their humanity and desire for equality in United States' society.