During the 1920s and 1930s, African American arts and culture flowered throughout the United States. African Americans found new ways to explore black history, thought, culture, and arts in urban centers nationwide. Much of the activity of this movement took place in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, and its success there became known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Central Avenue and Beyond focuses on the extraordinary artistic, cultural, and intellectual expressions and accomplishments of African Americans on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles and radiating throughout the city. The exhibition draws from materials from The Huntington as well as items from the Mayme A. Clayton collection, considered among the largest archives of rare African American books, manuscripts, posters, photographs and films. The Clayton material has never before been on public display.
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