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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

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

Carmen L. Phelps

University Press of Mississippi

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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