Black Arts Movement
Self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde shaped the Black Arts Movement with her writings on racism, sexism, homophobia, and police violence.
The acclaimed academic was also the father of rapper Earl Sweatshirt.
"Someone asked me, "'Why do you write?' And I said, 'Because I wanted to tell people how I became this woman with razor blades between her teeth.'"
Read the full essay on the Poetry Foundation website. Sarah Webster Fabio was an influential scholar, poet, and performer
The collection on display represented all manner of iconic holiday images -- most with an African-American theme with American patriotic accents -- punctuating spaces around the room. President Obama was even represented on a glass tree ornament on a small tree.
Mr. Harry Belafonte, 88, a legend among men, a king among kings, is the embodiment of Black resistance.
Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Sonia Sanchez on How the Black Arts Movement Changed the Fabric of America
The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power Movement, the Black Arts Movement burst onto the scene during the '60s and '70s in the form of artists' circles, writers' workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores and cultural centers.
This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.
If you are lucky, or blessed, you will meet someone of such wisdom, courage, creativity and conviction that their influence, the very force of their spirit, will abide with you for the rest of your life. Amiri Baraka was that person for me, as he was for so many others.
Weeks of hard work, revision and practice have gone into creating a blockbuster group poem of Detroit pride, affirmation, social critique -- a manifesto of youthful determination and hope for a better future, no matter what.