What is it that makes Johnny Hudgins and Jack Johnson Harlem Renaissance men?
Join Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Columbia University’s Jazz Center this two-part series exploring the lives of Harlem Renaissance trailblazers.
Harlem Renaissance Man: Jack Johnson
What kind of Harlem Renaissance man was this! Embarrassment to certain proper Black Americans, then and now, soaring hero to many others, Jack Johnson embodied an unruly black cosmopolitanism that helped define a Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s whose momentum extends into 2020 and beyond.
This presentation will review Johnson’s history as well as some of the many works of art it has inspired, particularly in painting and music. Highlights will include samples from Miles Davis’s “Tribute to Jack Johnson” and Wynton Marsalis’s soundtrack to the documentary about the boxer’s life.