Mood Lavender: Queers of the Harlem Renaissance
Mood Lavender brings out the essential queerness not only of many of the major players of the Harlem Renaissance but of the sensibility and achievement that made the Renaissance one of the high points of Black culture in America. This emphasis on Black transformation through art, and largely “high” art, helped deemphasize the Harlem Renaissance’s inherent queerness. To deny this history is to deny the richness and resiliency of queer life before the late 60's and to obscure the long history of gay resistance that made the gay-rights movement possible. Although now widely written about in academia, this recognition that the Harlem Renaissance is as much a part of LGBTQ history as it is of Black history has yet to spread to the culture at large. Mood Lavender will change that.
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