The Center for Black Literature
“SOS-Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader”
John H. Bracey Jr. and James Smethurst
All are invited to attend.
Free and Open to the public.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Sonia Sanchez is an award-winning poet, activist, scholar, and is professor emerita of English at Temple University and was honored as Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate in 2011. She is a coeditor of the recently published SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2014), a major anthology of readings from the Black Arts Movement, edited with John H. Bracey Jr. and James Smethurst. Professors Bracey and Smethurst will join Sanchez on the program.
SOS—Calling All Black People brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history. The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power Movement, it burst onto the scene in the form of artists’ circles, writers’ workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers, and had a presence in practically every community and college campus with an appreciable African-American population. Black Arts activists extended the reach even further through magazines such as Ebony and Jet, on television shows such as Soul! and Like It Is, and on radio programs.
[For more information on this book go to: https://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/sos%E2%80%94calling-all-black-people]