Voices of the Harlem Renaissance
A performance focusing on the African American cultural rebirth in America.



About the Performance

During the period between World War I and the Great Depression, a group of African Americans came together in Harlem and unleashed a creative whirlwind that changed the cultural and social landscape of America. First known as The New Negro Movement, this period of African American cultural rebirth later came to be called The Harlem Renaissance. These artists, writers and musicians celebrated the African American experience in the United States, and in doing so re-defined what it meant to be black in America.

Developed by the Florida Humanities Council (FHC) “Voices of the Harlem Renaissance” brings together three of the leading lights of the era, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and Langston Hughes, as they discuss their lives, their work, and each other.

Phyllis McEwen portrays Zora Neale Hurston, the writer, folklorist and anthropologist from Eatonville, Florida.  LeRoy Mitchell, Jr.  is James Weldon  Johnson, the renaissance man from Jacksonville.  Johnson was a poet, diplomat and composer.  He also founded the first black high school in Florida, was the first black man admitted to the Florida Bar and was the field secretary for the NAACP.  Bob Devin Jones brings to life Langston Hughes, the prolific poet, essayist and playwright.


Program Date & Time


7:00 pm


Free to the public. Donations greatly appreciated.