In Jazz Age Harlem, the rise of black culture produced talents like Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington. But this ‘Black Renaissance’ wasn’t limited to men. A largely unsung group of black women were a driving force in the movement. They wrote poetry, managed literary journals, and held salons that nurtured Harlem's great social revolution of the 1920s.
This week on Riverwalk Jazz, singer and actress Carol Woods—known for her many roles on Broadway and in the movies—joins us to remember these women and celebrate their work. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests perform the music of Duke Ellington and James P Johnson.
Tune in to KUVO on Saturday, 3/8 at 8am for this Women's History Month feature about the powerful women of the Harlem Renaissance. The program is re-aired on KUVO's HD2 stream on Saturday at 1pm. Visit the Rocky Mountain PBS website for more about Women and Girls Lead, a major public media initiative focused on women and girls' issues, connecting citizens in Colorado, across the country and around the world. There is also special, web-only content available at the Stamford University Riverwalk Jazz Collection. It's well worth a look!