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Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement$
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Carmen L. Phelps

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036804

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036804.001.0001

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Dysfunctional Functionality

Dysfunctional Functionality

Collaboration at Its Best in the Black Arts Era

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(p.23) Chapter One Dysfunctional Functionality
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Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement
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Carmen L. Phelps

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036804.003.0002

This chapter explores how the agenda of the Black Arts movement (BAM) was shaped by and paradoxically instituted by a collaboration of competing and contradicting factors. Black American artists, activists, and intellectuals, identified themselves as “Black Artists,” many of them favored a socially progressive agenda for obtaining cultural empowerment for black communities. Black resistance to white American domination has always been pacifist, militarist, or a combination of the two, a contradiction that proved to be essential in the formation of BAM ideals of diversity.

Keywords:   cultural empowerment, black communities, Black Arts Movement, diversity, pacifist, militarist

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