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Harlem Renaissance: Black History & Literature: Videos & Performances

Learn about and enjoy the literature, art, and music of the Harlem Renaissance


Videos are held at the Circulation Counter and may be checked out for 7 days.

Films on Demand - Streaming Videos

Films on Demand is a web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos anytime, anywhere. 

Search for "Harlem Renaissance".
Or, search for the name of an author or artist, e.g., "Langston Hughes".

When you access Films on Demand from off campus, you will be prompted to log in. Please enter your last name and your UH ID number.

Examples of Films on Demand video segments:

  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Early Twentieth Century Theater in Harlem
  • Hurston: Anthropology and the Harlem Renaissance
  • Harlem Renaissance: Jean Toomer

Examples of Films on Demand video titles:

  • Langston Hughes: His Life and Times
  • Langston Hughes: Salvation
  • Zora Neale Hurston: A Heart with Room for Every Joy
  • Tell About the South: Southern Literature, 1915-1940

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A Dream Deferred

Actor Danny Glover reads "A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes.

YouTube page with transcript of "Danny Glover Reads Langston Hughes' Montage of a Dream Deferred"

Books About Performers

YouTube: Intro to the Harlem Renaissance

Watch an introduction to the significance of the Harlem Renaissance through photos and images of the art, with swing music by Chick Webb and his orchestra.

Sights and Sounds

Art, performances, portraits, and photos of the Harlem Renaissance, accompanied by the music of Artie Shaw. A student project by Katie Lash.

Music and Musicians

Kultur Films presents an introduction to the music of the Harlem Renaissance, including interviews with some of the performers.

Zora Neale Hurston: Jump At the Sun

View photographs of Zora Neale Hurston and hear her powerful words, as well as descriptive comments from people who knew her. Produced by California Newsreel.

YouTube page with transcript for "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"


Duke Ellington and his orchestra play "It Don't Mean A Thing" in 1943. This jazz standard was composed by Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills

Langston Hughes: The Weary Blues

Langston Hughes wrote "The Weary Blues" in 1923. Hear it read by Harvard Professor Allen Dwight Callahan, with video of Cab Calloway and other musical performers. Presented by FourSeasons Productions.

YouTube page with transcript for "Poetry by Langston Hughes - The Weary Blues"

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