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The New Negro
The New Negro: An Interpretation was edited in 1925 by Alain Locke then working as a professor at the prestigious Black college, Howard University. The New Negro is a collection of art, poetry, plays, fiction, and essays to which numerous Black Renaissance writers contributed including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Using this anthology as a point of departure, this month will focus on the era leading into the Harlem Renaissance when D.C. was in vogue and the Negro was new. U Street was once a thriving Black business and arts district and Howard University fed the city with its brilliant Black minds drawing the best and the brightest, the “Talented Tenth” as W.E.B. Dubois might argue.
Events have been tailored around the movement of ideas and the interpretations of Blackness that prompted some Black people in this era to don new identities. Equally, it recognizes the precarious position of college educated Blacks in D.C. at a predominately white University situated in a once Black district of the city.
The emerging politics and history of what we, as Black people, call ourselves and are called: Colored – Negro – Black - African American will be the central focus of this month’s celebration of our heritage.
Black Heritage Celebration is NEVER Over
Although February is over, the celebration of the rich and diverse experiences of Black people in America can NEVER be over. The Black Heritage Celebration Committee would like to thank you for joining us in making this year's celebration the best looking BHC in GW history. We would also like to challenge you to continue recognizing the contributions of Black people throughout the African Diaspora not only in "the past", but also in the contemporary moment. If you are interested in being apart of the fabulous committee that made this year's celebration happen, email us at email@example.com.
Black Heritage Celebration Events Agenda