Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

SOS-Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

SOS-Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader

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SOS-Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014, pp.688, ISBN: 978-1-62534-031-3) edited by John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst.

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This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history. The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power movement, it burst onto the scene in the form of artists' circles, writers' workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers and had a presence in practically every community and college campus with an appreciable African American population. Black Arts activists extended its reach even further through magazines such as Ebony and Jet, on television shows such as Soul! and Like It Is, and on radio programs. Many of the movement's leading artists, including Ed Bullins, Nikki Giovanni, Woodie King, Haki R. …

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