Continuity and Discontinuity:
When a child has learned to wash his hands properly, he
may have dinner with this parents.
The blues was like that problem child that you may have
had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let any-
body else see him, but you loved him. You just didn't
know how other people would take it.
B. B. King
The Negro Renaissance came to a close in the early 1950s in the wake of two developments. The first centered around claims and perceptions that much of the black-oriented cultural and artistic activity of the 1940s had been Communist inspired. Such claims were encouraged and investigated in those years as part of broader investigations of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); the publication Red Channels even listed the names of suspected sympathizers. 1. In this threatening envi‐____________________