Get ready to be transported to a time of creativity and cultural explosion! The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that celebrated Black life and challenged societal norms. And guess what? Washington D.C. played a crucial role in this movement. D.C. was a hub for Black artists, writers, and musicians who brought their unique voices to the table. From Langston Hughes, who became one of the most famous American poets, to Duke Ellington, a legendary jazz musician who revolutionized the genre, D.C. produced some of the most prominent figures of the Harlem Renaissance. But it wasn't just about the individuals - it was about the vibrant community they created. Through their work, they helped shape a movement that celebrated the beauty of Black life and fought against discrimination. And their legacy continues to inspire and influence us today. So let's celebrate the wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the vital role that Washington D.C. played in it. It's a journey you won't want to miss!
- See the U Street corridor, a neighborhood where black businesses thrived, Langston Hughes and Jean Toomer were upcoming writers and poets, and Howard University professors were guiding a movement that changed history.
- Visit the world-famous National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Explore what makes a cultural revolution and why they are important.
- Learn how culture today has been shaped by the Harlem Renaissance.
After getting her Master’s Degree in International Relations from American University, Katie Kirkpatrick joined the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for the State Department. However, history was always her first love. She founded her own historical walking tours company with a mission to introduce local residents and visitors to under-represented aspects of Washington, DC history. Outside of the United States, Katie has taught in Paris and Istanbul and is delighted to be teaching international students in her beloved Washington, DC.
Our classes consist of a pre-assignment, independent coursework, and final assignment, as well as classes with your teacher/other au pairs. Credit for J-1 visa students is 36 hours. Students earning J-1 visa credit must attend all sessions and complete all homework.
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There are no prerequisites for taking this course.
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