Voices from the Harlem Renaissance - Afro-American Identity - Who Am I? Summary & Analysis

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Afro-American Identity - Who Am I? Summary

In "The Legacy of the Ancestral Arts," Alain Locke poses questions related to the popularity of Negro arts. He notes that there are many clubs that have been typically frequented only by Negroes but that are now attracting a white clientele, and Locke wonders what it is that causes this phenomenon. He cites several works examining the interest of other races in the artistic works of Negro artists, and notes that there seems to be a definite connection between the interest in their work and the dedication of artists. There follows a poem by Countee Cullen describing her thoughts on Africa, ending with the idea that, "Not yet has my heart or head; In the least way realized; They and I are civilized." Cullen's next poem is called "Uncle Jim" and describes the "Uncle Jim" who begins...

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