Members of Gamma Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. gathered in sisterly fellowship and “Harlem Renaissance” era fashion on Friday, July 19, 2019, to view the movie, “Swing,” which was written, directed, and produced by Oscar Michaeux. He was described as the first major and most successful African American filmmaker of the 20th century.
In response to the sorority’s national program target area of The Arts: “Salute to the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement,” the local chapter used this opportunity to provide some history of the Harlem Renaissance era, which was one of the two vital periods that played a critical role in the development of African American art and culture.
Due to budget constraints in many school systems, the Arts curricula is being reduced and opportunities for youth to learn about contributions of African Americans during these periods has been greatly diminished. The sorority’s emphasis in this area will be to increase opportunities for youth engagement and community wide awareness of the influence of these two periods on contemporary African American art and culture.