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Alice Childress is an African-American playwright associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She is also the author of several young adult novels.
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Alice Childress was born on October 12, 1916 in Charleston, South Carolina but grew up grew up in Harlem. She acted with the American Negro Theatre in the 1940s and wrote a number of plays about the African-American experience, including Trouble in Mind. Childress was also a successful writer of children's literature, including A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich. She died in 1994.
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During the early 20th century, African-American poets, musicians, actors, artists and intellectuals moved to Harlem in New York City and brought new ideas that shifted the culture forever. From approximately 1918 to the mid 1930s, talent began to overflow within this newfound culture of the black community in Harlem, as prominent figures—Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, to name a few—pushed art to its limit as a form of expression and representation. These are some of the famous African Americans who shaped the influential movement known as the Harlem Renaissance.
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