The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s and early 1930s and it was an unprecedented period of expression by African Americans in music, literature, art, dance, poetry, politics, and economics. Never before had America seen such a rich explosion of black culture. This interactive presentation, which includes storytelling, poetry, theatre, art, and song, will engage students in an exploration of the unique and exciting history of African Americans.
Gladys Preshenda Jackson is a fourth-generation storyteller, an award-winning poet, and a performing artist. During her tenure as an Artist in Residence for the FRIENDS of Arts Education at the internationally-acclaimed Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California, she shared her stories with tens of thousands of K-12 students, putting to good use her exceptional verbal artistry. Jackson holds a certificate in business and entertainment management from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political Science from California State University, East Bay.