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Books & Authors | Love Letters from the Harlem Renaissance

Oct 17, 2010

Museum Store

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After enjoying the Jazz concert in our theatre, visit our store for a presentation of Love Letters from the Harlem Renaissance. These letters, presented by The Aaron and Alta Sawyer Douglas Foundation, feature the correspondence between pre-eminent artist, prolific painter and major Harlem Renaissance figure, Aaron Douglas and his wife Alta.

The presentation will include a brief history of the Foundation, Douglas' artistic creations, his personal and professional relationships during the Harlem Renaissance, and a reading selection of letters to illustrate the importance of them to African American history and scholarly research.

Through reading of sample letters, the presentation will illustrate how the essential bond between the couple helped to solidify personal relationships that defined a Harlem Renaissance family: Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Charles and James Weldon Johnson, Arna Bontemps, Alain Locke and many other principals familiar to us today.

Finally, "Sweetheart, you have aroused again in me that passion for work and study, that deep-seated ambition to push to the top. It is that same passion and that same ambition which alone carried me through all my school life.... But you have aroused me. You have awakened me from my state of contentment. You have fired and inspired me as I have never been before. I am thrilled through when I think of your lips (my lips) soft, quivering sweet. I love those lips."