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The exhibition - The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties - showcased the evolution and achievements of the Renaissance, which was the explosion of literary, visual, performance, and cinematic creativity generated by black artists between the end of World War I and the early days of the Great Depression. Represented is the creativity of Marian Anderson, Richard Barthe, Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Duke Ellington, Meta Warrick Fuller, Roland Hayes, Zora Neale Hurston, Malvin Gray Johnson, Alain Locke, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Paul Robeson, George Schuyler, and Wallace Thurman, among others. The exhibition, held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, ran from September 1985-December 1986.
Narrator speaks of the Black Musical Revues of the 1920s and the Golden Era of Broadway Musicals. He describes the music and dance of the black musical, including Shuffle-Along, Running Wild, Chocolate Dandies, Black Birds, Hot Chocolates. Individual singers, dancers, musicians, composers, playwrights, and lyrists are profiled.
Narration. AV003306 and AV003374-2: same content. AV003374-1: same content as other two assets but consistent beeping throughout recording. Part of The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties Audiovisual Records. AV003306: undated. AV003374: dated 19850823.
Black Musical Revues of the Twenties, Exhibition Records AV03-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution