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SOSCalling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader

John H. Bracey; Sanchez, Sonia

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ISBN 10: 1625340311 / ISBN 13: 9781625340313
Published by University of Massachusetts Press, U.S.A., 2014
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First edition. A mammoth anthology of Black Arts Movement writers. Contents arranged by genre and theme. An introductory essay by the editors outlines the history and importance of that era in African-American writing. One of the editors, James Smethurst, has written other books on the Black Arts Movement. The title of this volume is taken from a poem by Amiri Baraka, to whom the anthology is dedicated. Unread, as new. 666 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 14539

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Title: SOSCalling All Black People: A Black Arts ...

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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 Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Askia Touré, and Val Gray Ward remain artistically productive today. Its influence can also be seen in the work of later artists, from the writers Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman, and August Wilson to actors Avery Brooks, Danny Glover, and Samuel L. Jackson, to hip hop artists Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Chuck D.

SOS―Calling All Black People includes works of fiction, poetry, and drama in addition to critical writings on issues of politics, aesthetics, and gender. It covers topics ranging from the legacy of Malcolm X and the impact of John Coltrane's jazz to the tenets of the Black Panther Party and the music of Motown. The editors have provided a substantial introduction outlining the nature, history, and legacy of the Black Arts Movement as well as the principles by which the anthology was assembled.

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John H. Bracey Jr. is professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Sonia Sanchez, poet and playwright, is professor emerita of English at Temple University.

James Smethurst is professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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