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Week 6

This week we are turning to look at the Black Arts Movement of the 60s and 70s.

Watch: To set up our discussion this week, please watch Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement a full-length documentary directed by Woodie King Jr.

https://search-alexanderstreet-com.brooklyn.ezproxy.cuny.edu/view/work/bibliographic_entity%7Cvideo_work%7C1858443

Read:

Choose one or both:

Adrienne Kennedy, Funnyhouse of a Negro (Brooklyn Ebook Central)

or Amiri Baraka Dutchman (Archive.org)

Optional: Read Baraka’s essay “There is no Revolution Without the People” (1972)

Let Nobody Turn Us Around : An African American Anthology, edited by Manning Marable, and Leith Mullings, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/brooklyn-ebooks/detail.action?docID=467152.

Finally, please read this 2005 piece “New Black Math” by Suzan-Lori Parks

https://muse-jhu-edu.brooklyn.ezproxy.cuny.edu/article/192369

Respond

How have things changed or not changed? What do you think? Respond to whatever strikes you this particular week. Please also choose a quote that you found particularly powerful or important and tell us why.

One thought on “Week 6

  1. Javier Puga Jr. (week 6 response)

    How have things changed or not changed? Things have changed, nonetheless the systemic racism is bleeding in America today. I hope the changes that happened when George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were murdered it seems the system has tried to redeem itself from its old behaviors that are still present. As theatre tries to diversify and be more inclusive we are still far away from being near to equality. The majority of people on top are still the same.

    Ozake Shange: “I did not want to know about street in Harlem. I want to know about a family. I wanna about their child, the father, the mother, the aunt who comes by from wherever she came from.”
    “we really do except the fact that we are human beings no matter white people will do to us.”
    This quote stayed with me at the end of the documentary because this black woman had to say this out loud that she’s done hearing about the streets in Harlem. She wants to feel and hear different stories the real stories that other counterparts get to hear. Possibly a happy home life for example. This theme was heard often throughout this video. always living in the shadows of slavery and seeking validation to exist as an artist. Also when they denied a person a role, because they weren’t ready to share that narrative. I appreciate the Black movement that was known as resistance, because the culture had the liberation movement too. They started many things that translate today. May the revolution live on. They lived through many hardships and their hard work has paid off many great people came from this generation and we follow their leads today.

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