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Verner D. Mitchell is professor of English at the University of Memphis. He is the editor of This Waiting for Love: Helene Johnson, Poet of the Harlem Renaissance (2006) and coauthor (with Cynthia Davis) of four subsequent books on women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. His work has appeared in Studies in American Culture, African American Review, American Literary History, and other journals.
Cynthia Davis is professor of English at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where she specializes in Caribbean and African American literatures. Her publications include Where the Wild Grape Grows: Selected Writings by Dorothy West (2004), Western Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance: The Life and Writings of Anita Scott Coleman (2008), and Literary Sisters: Dorothy West and Her Circle (2011).
Mitchell and Davis are the authors of Zora Neale Hurston: An Annotated Bibliography of Works and Criticism (Scarecrow Press, 2013).
Introduction by LaToya R. Jefferson-James
“Ballad of Birmingham”
Bambara, Toni Cade
Black Aesthetic, The
Black Arts Movement in Algeria, The
“Black Dada Nihilismus”
Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing
Black Theatre Issue of The Drama Review
Black Theatre Magazine
Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation
Black Women Writers and the Black Arts Movement
“Blues Ain’t No Mockin’ Bird”
Blues for Mister Charlie
“Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon, A”
Caribbean Artists Movement
Deacons for Defense and Justice
Du Bois, W. E. B.
Fire Next Time, The
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Free-Lance Pallbearers, The
Gaines, Ernest J.
Kgositsile, Keorapetse William
Last Poets, The
Malcolm X, Poetry on
Marginalization and the Black Arts Movement
“Monday in B-Flat”
Music and the Black Arts Movement
Negro Digest / Black World / First World
Negro Ensemble Company, The
No Place to Be Somebody
One Day When I Was Lost: A Scenario Based on Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Organization of Black American Culture
Polite, Carlene Hatcher
Raisin in the Sun, A
Redmond, Eugene B.
Sexual Identity and the Black Arts Movement
Smith, Jean Wheeler
Society of Umbra, The
Soul on Ice
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Teer, Barbara Ann
This Child’s Gonna Live
Till, Poetry on Emmett
Touré, Askia Muhammad
Tupac Shakur and the Black Arts Movement
Understanding the New Black Poetry
Voodoo Aesthetics and the Black Arts Movement
Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine
About the Editors and Contributors
The Black Arts Movement (BAM) of the 1960s and early 1970s was the artistic and aesthetic side of the Black Power Movement. BAM was perhaps more global in scale and remains a subject of scholarly and intellectual interest to this day. Mitchell (Univ. of Memphis) and Davis (San Jacinto College), both professors of English and accomplished specialists in African American literature, have compiled an incisive, captivating history of this radical political and social movement, which raised race consciousness through art and was a unique 20th-century artistic movement. Arranged alphabetically, entries cover political and social leaders, artists, authors, works, and major themes of the movement; this compendium is an excellent introduction to and summary of BAM. Topics such as black women writers, marginalization, sexual identity, voodoo aesthetics, student nonviolence, poetry on Emmett Till, and the black aesthetic are cogent and well summarized. Influential longer works merit attention, but significant short stories and poems—for example, James Baldwin's “Sonny’s Blues" and Amiri Baraka's “Monday in B-Flat”—also have their own entries. Each entry includes suggestions for further reading. The encyclopedia includes a brief foreword and preface, a time line, and a helpful index.
Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.
— Choice Reviews