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Maya Angelou

Subject: Literature

1928– ) Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in ...

Renaissance, African

Renaissance, African   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
Length:
2,521 words

...perspective, then, is an epic story of the rise of a once enslaved people across the globe. It is a continuing revolution that unfolds toward the total liberation of people of African origin in the political, economic, cultural, educational, technological, and social spheres. Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise,” read at the 1992 inauguration of U.S. president Bill Clinton, expresses a central motif on the African Renaissance—the inexorable rise of people of African descent universally: Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like...

Literature and Criticism

Literature and Criticism   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
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13,550 words

...Octavia E. Butler, a prolific speculative-fiction novelist and the mother of Afro-futurism, combined meditations on race, gender, class, and history, for which she won Nebula, Hugo, and McArthur Genius awards. With the election of President Bill Clinton, the poet and essayist Maya Angelou became the first presidential poet laureate. The best known and most acclaimed among these writers is the novelist and critic Toni Morrison, a winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and the first African American Nobel laureate ( 1993 ). Morrison’s interest...

Law and Art

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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20,698 words
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...in the 1990s. Student publications, dramatic productions, library books, and curriculum were among the frequent targets. The books most commonly attacked have included Mark Twain 's Huckleberry Finn (because of its portrayal of racism and use of the word nigger ), Maya Angelou 's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (because of sexual content and a description of a childhood rape), and almost anything by the celebrated children's author Judy Blume (because of realistic discussions of subjects interesting to teenagers, including menstruation and...

Law and Art

Law and Art   Reference library

Daniel Shapiro, Daniel Shapiro, David Cole, Marjorie Heins, Richard Lehv, Roger A. Shiner, Brian Soucek, and Alain Pottage

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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23,250 words

...increasing concern. Student publications, dramatic productions, library books, and curriculum have been among the frequent targets. The books most commonly attacked have included Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn (because of its portrayal of racism and use of the word “nigger”), Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (because of sexual content and a description of a childhood rape), and almost anything by the celebrated children’s author Judy Blume (because of realistic discussions of subjects interesting to teenagers, including menstruation and...

Baraka, Amiri

Baraka, Amiri   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
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2,232 words
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...he brought to the campus as lecturers or adjunct professors were the Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah and Chinua Achebe , author of Things Fall Apart . Baraka retired from Stony Brook University as Professor Emeritus in 1999 . Still productive and challenging, Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou, Ali Mazruri, Manthia Diawara, and other intellectuals were discussants following the Schomburg Center’s screening of the film The Slave Route: A Global Vision. Shown in October 2008 , the film would commemorate the two-hundred-year anniversary of the U.S. abolition of the...

Black Arts Movement

Black Arts Movement   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
Length:
4,745 words

...Cruse, and Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka. Some of the members of On Guard for Freedom went on to found Umbra. Another literary circle that was a forerunner to the BAM was the Harlem Writers Guild, led by the novelist John Oliver Killens , and including John Henrik Clarke , Maya Angelou , Ossie Davis , Audrey Lorde , Paule Marshall , and Rosa Guy , among others. Epicenters of Activity. Although Harlem was long known as the “cultural Mecca of Black America,” one must resist the temptation to overstate its cultural importance. Harlem was not the only...

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