The Black Poets

Author: Dudley Randall

Publisher: Bantam


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 353

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Spirituals, folk rhymes, and poems by such writers as Phyllis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Don L. Lee reveal the development of Black poetic expression

The Black Poets Society

Author: The Cunning Linguist




Page: 270

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The Black Poets Society is a group of four law professionals who get together and recite the short story poems that they write, they are also each going through their own issues in the process that threaten to adjourn them permanently. With poetry as the backdrop, come along with four affluent brothers and revel in the mishaps ofÉ THE BLACK POETS SOCIETY!

Black Poets of the United States

From Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes

Author: Jean Wagner

Publisher: University of Illinois Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 561

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Includes chapters on Dunbar, Hughes, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, and others.

African-American Poets

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing


Category: African Americans

Page: 273

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Presents a collection of critical essays on the works of the African American poets Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jean Toomer, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson and Alice Dunbar-Nelson.

Dudley Randall, Broadside Press, and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit, 1960-1995

Author: Julius E. Thompson

Publisher: McFarland


Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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In 1965 Dudley F. Randall founded the Broadside Press, a company devoted to publishing, distributing and promoting the works of black poets and writers. In so doing, he became a major player in the civil rights movement. Hundreds of black writers were given an outlet for their work and for their calls for equality and black identity. Though Broadside was established on a minimal budget, Randall’s unique skills made the press successful. He was trained as a librarian and had spent decades studying and writing poetry; most importantly, Randall was totally committed to the advancement of black literature. The famous and relatively unknown sought out Broadside, including such writers as Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, Mae Jackson, Lance Jeffers, Etheridge Knight, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde and Sterling D. Plumpp. His story is one of battling to promote black identity and equality through literature, and thus lifting the cultural lives of all Americans.

Claude McKay

A Black Poet's Struggle for Identity

Author: Tyrone Tillery

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 235

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The 1920s witnessed an extraordinary flowering of literary and artistic creativity among African Americans. Critics hailed the emergence of a "New Negro," who took pride in the black race and its African heritage, and whose writings exposed and attacked discrimination, explored black folk culture, and strove to create a unique African-American literature. Yet for all its vitality, the cultural movement best known as the Harlem Renaissance was fraught with tensions: between the ideal of Africa and the reality of America; between the lure of a romanticized rural past and the demands of an alien urban present; between the need to affirm the uniqueness of black culture and the desire to achieve acceptance by the majority white culture. Perhaps more than any other Harlem Renaissance figure, Claude McKay embodied these contradictory impulses. The paradox of Claude McKay cannot be reduced to any simple formula. He was at once an enfant terrible who took pride in the Negro's cultural heritage and an intellectual who strove for acceptance in predominantly white circles. He was a radical intent on transforming his adopted county who nevertheless left the United States temporarily for the Soviet Union. Yet these tensions, as this book strives to show, cannot simply be ascribed to personal or psychological problems; ultimately, they were rooted in the ambiguous social and cultural position of the black artist and political radical of the early twentieth century.

Black World/Negro Digest





Page: 96

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Founded in 1943, Negro Digest (later “Black World”) was the publication that launched Johnson Publishing. During the most turbulent years of the civil rights movement, Negro Digest/Black World served as a critical vehicle for political thought for supporters of the movement.

Modern Black Poets

A Collection of Critical Essays

Author: Donald B. Gibson



Category: African Americans

Page: 181

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Twelve critical essays sketch the tradition of black poets in the U. S. from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's to the black rage of the 1970's. Separate critiques are devoted to the work of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Melvin B. Tolson, Robert Hayden, and Imamu Amiri Baraka.

Extraordinary African-American Poets

Author: Therese Neis

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 451

"Read about Phillis Wheatley, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Jay Wright, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove"--Provided by publisher.