Women of the Harlem Renaissance
with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guest Carol Woods
Broadway’s Carol Woods joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate a largely unsung group of black women whose artistry was pivotal to the Harlem Renaissance. Scholar and co-founder of the NAACP W.E.B. Du Bois argued that education, art and culture could be powerful weapons for social change. He launched “The Crisis,” a magazine that played a major role in the Black Renaissance of the 1920s, giving voice to such young writers as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. But it was the dedicated Jessie Fauset, working in DuBois’ shadow, who managed “The Crisis” and shaped its literary style. She is remembered today not only as a poet and novelist, but also as the Midwife of the Harlem Renaissance. “Women of the Harlem Renaissance” spotlights the lives and artistry of women like Fauset who shaped and nurtured black culture in Jazz Age Harlem.