Black Like Mao Proletarian Cultural Revolution Less than a year into the Cultural Revolution, Robert Williams published an article in the Crusader titled “Reconstitute Afro-American Art to Remold Black Souls.” While Mao’s call for a cultural revolution meant getting rid of the vestiges (cultural and otherwise) of the old order, Williams not unlike members of the Black Arts movement in the United States was talking about purging black culture of a “slave mentality.”
Negro Digest: http://aalbc.it/blackartsmovement For the publication of Black Arts creative literature, no magazine was more important than the Chicago-based Johnson publication Negro Digest / Black World. --Kalamu ya Salaam
Poet Sonia Sanchez (born September 9, 1934) was part of the 1960's Black Arts Movement, and with Haki Madhubuti, Nikki Giovanni and Etheridge Knight formed the Broadside Quartet of poets. She developed Black Studies courses at SFSU and taught at Temple University from 1977 until her retirement in 1999. In addition to 18 books of poetry she has published plays, children's books and anthologies. She has been awarded the PEN writing award, Pew Fellowship and NEA Fellowship. #TodayInBlackHistory
The daughter of Madam C.J. Walker, A'lelia Walker was the "it" girl of the Harlem Renaissance. The arts patron, who lived in a villa on the Hudson River, loved expensive cars and jewelry. Her legendary salons included the sparkling literati of the thriving 1920s black arts movement, including many gays and lesbians, as well as wealthy whites who trekked uptown.
Jazz, Poetry, Rap: Cause and Effect of the Black Arts Movement: The Black Arts Movement brought the advent of a new aesthetics that would forever change the social landscape for Black artists once excluded from the conventional art world.