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FAU and Stonewall Library & Archives Host ‘The Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as it was Black’ Exhibition

WHAT:                 Florida Atlantic University Libraries
                             and Stonewall Library & Archives will
                             host “The Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as
                             it was Black,” an exhibition that spotlights
                             the leading gay participants in the Harlem
                             Renaissance during the 1920s and 1930s,
                             and  surveys the artistic movement that
                             defined black culture in Harlem during
                             that period.

               Exhibition runs from Tuesday, May 11 through
                             Wednesday, June 30

            Florida Atlantic University

                             Wimberly Library Atrium Lobby
                             777 Glades Road  

                             FAU Boca Raton campus

                 Exhibition is free and open to the public

CONTACT:         To arrange a group tour or for more information,
                             contact Sara Landset at 561-297-3921 or
                   , or
                    or 954-763-8565.



             “The Harlem Renaissance: As Gay As It was Black” highlights such writers as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston; singers Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith; dancer Josephine Baker; maps with locations of buffet flats, speakeasies and night clubs; and Fire magazine, a short-lived literary publication that offered an outlet for many of the Harlem Renaissance writers. The exhibition notes that few of the artists profiled in the exhibit could be considered “out” or “gay” in the modern sense and not all the artists in the Harlem Renaissance were gay.

             The exhibition, which commemorates Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in June, was organized by Stonewall Library & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, whose funding is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Stella Fund and the Community Foundation of Broward.

            “The Harlem Renaissance” can be viewed during library hours, which can be found at or by calling 561-297-3770.


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