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(b. 1934)

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A. B. Spellman

A. B. Spellman  

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(b. 1935), poet, music critic and historian, and arts administrator.Alfred B. Spellman has cut a wide swath in the world of the arts as a music critic, poet, administrator, and educator. “It's a ...
African American literature

African American literature  

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The body of writing or performed art produced by African slaves and their descendants in America. One of its earliest forms was the slave narrative where the author describes the ...
African-American theatre

African-American theatre  

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After the War of 1812, William Henry Brown offered alfresco amusements for blacks in a tea garden behind his house in New York. By 1821, whites formed much of the ...
Aishah Rahman

Aishah Rahman  

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(b. 1936),professor and avant-garde surrealistic playwright whose works are performed mostly at small theaters and on college campuses. A native of New York City, Aishah Rahman (born Virginia Hughes) ...
Askia M. Touré

Askia M. Touré  

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(b. 1938), poet, community activist, lecturer, and educator.Askia M. Touré, in his multifaceted roles as poet, community activist, lecturer, and educator, is recognized as one of the original ...
Ben Caldwell

Ben Caldwell  

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(b. 1937), dramatist of the Black Arts movement of the 1960s,known particularly for the sardonic style he employed in examining the lives of African Americans. Born in Harlem, Ben Caldwell had an ...
Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith  

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(1895–1937)Black US blues singer. Known as the ‘Empress of the Blues’, this tall handsome woman created a style that was followed by many jazz singers, including Louis Armstrong and Billie ...
Black Arts Movement

Black Arts Movement  

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Founded in Harlem in the mid‐1960s by Amiri Baraka and promoted by Larry Neal (1937–81), the movement supported cultural separatism and the Black Power movement, and sought to devise a ...
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men

Ceremonies in Dark Old Men  

A: Lonne Elder III Pf: 1969, New York Pb: 1969 G: Trag. in 2 acts S: Small barbershop, Harlem, 1960s C: 5m, 2fRussell B. Parker is a 54-year-old African-American widower, with a daughter Adele and ...
Clinton Wilder

Clinton Wilder  

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(1920–86)American producer. Wilder managed a wide range of commercial productions in both New York and London in the 1950s and early 1960s, with such works as Marc Blitzstein's opera ...
Congress of African People

Congress of African People  

In 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia, the Congress of African People (CAP) established itself as a united-front organization of black nationalists, Pan-Africanists, and civil rights activists determined to ...
Diane di Prima

Diane di Prima  

(1934– ),American novelist, playwright, and poet, born in New York City, educated at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. Di Prima's writings, particularly her verse, are frequently associated with both ...
diaspora

diaspora  

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Jews living outside Israel; the dispersion of the Jews beyond Israel.The main diaspora began in the 8th–6th centuries bc, and even before the sack of Jerusalem in ad 70 the number of Jews dispersed ...
Dutchman

Dutchman  

A: Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) Pf: 1964, New York Pb: 1964 G: Drama in 1 act S: Subway carriage, New York, 1960s C: 3m, 1f, extrasOn a hot summer's day, Clay, a young black college graduate, is ...
Ed Bullins

Ed Bullins  

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(1935–),born in Philadelphia, studied at San Francisco State College among several schools. In the mid-1960s he was cultural director for the Black Panthers, an activist group in Oakland. At ...
Edward Wilmot Blyden

Edward Wilmot Blyden  

Ever the peripatetic intellectual, teacher, journalist, philosopher, and diplomat, Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832–1912) managed to be both a powerful exponent of the uniqueness of the Negro-African ...
Elaine Jackson

Elaine Jackson  

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(b. 1943), playwright and educator.Elaine Jackson emerged as a playwright in the 1970s, a socially and politically dynamic moment in the nation's history and a renascence decade for black theater. ...
Etheridge Knight

Etheridge Knight  

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(1931–1991), poet.In the life and work of Etheridge Knight, the theme of prisons imposed from without (slavery, racism, poverty, incarceration) and prisons from within (addiction, repetition of ...
Eugene Lee

Eugene Lee  

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(b. 1939), scenic designer.Long associated with the Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Dallas Theatre Center, Lee received wider recognition when he designed striking environmental settings for Slave ...
Eugene Redmond

Eugene Redmond  

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(b. 1937), poet, playwright, critic, editor, educator,and important figure in the 1960s black arts movement. Eugene Redmond was born 1 December 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. Orphaned at age nine, he ...

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