Presentation Explores the Harlem Renaissance and Kansas

Sunday, Oct. 18 from 2-3 p.m. Online via Zoom, registration required.

The booming, experimental period in American history known as the Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to the arts and culture of African Americans. But it was also a time of struggle when society failed to respond to issues of civil rights and social equality. Using jazz, blues, spirituals, and poetry, this presentation spans the 1920s and explores the contributions of Kansas artists involved in this unique moment.

Lem Sheppard is a blues guitarist, singer, and historian based in Pittsburg, Kansas.

“Many of the artist active during the Harlem Renaissance came from places outside Harlem – cities like Washington D.C. and Kansas City,” said Sheppard. “When I learned this, I began to view Kansas in the time period through a different lens.”

“The Harlem Renaissance” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.