Malcolm Jackson

Mentor: Dr. Mark Reid
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I have an interest in the Harlem Renaissance, the literature and film of the time, and literature and film in general and decided to do research in this area with Professor Reid who has expertise on the subject matter. Even though the Harlem Renaissance wasn’t an actual Renaissance, it was still a social movement that had an impact on the African American community. Therefore, I would like to have a better understanding of the Harlem Renaissance and what it meant for the people involved in it and what it may mean today. Also, the Harlem Renaissance’s iconic artistic and scholarly work makes it a field of study worth looking into, not only for appreciation of the work, but for knowing why the movement started in the first place."


Business Administration and English



Research Interests

  • Social Groups/Issues
  • Film/Music
  • Economics

Academic Awards

  • Black Student Opportunity Scholarship


  • Cuong Nhu
  • Poet's Inc


  • Car Wash Fund Raising
  • PetSmart

Hobbies and Interests

  • Guitar
  • Poetry/Spoken Word
  • Martial Arts

Research Description

A Movement over Time
In this research project, I will delve into the major works of the Harlem Renaissance and look at where the movement ended. The goal of this research project is to uncover any significant rippling effects the Harlem Renaissance may have had on similar social groups afterwards and today. Major results and findings will be drawn from the works of artists and scholars at the time of the movement such as Alain Locke and W.E.B. Dubois. In doing this research, Alain Locke’s notion of “universal human appeal” will be highlighted to show what effectiveness individual expression can have on social causes.