Sunday, May 13, 2012
8 Moments of Importance in African American Poetry, 1959-1968
1959 - Gwendolyn Brooks's "We Real Cool" is published in the September issue of Poetry magazine.
1965 - Broadside Press is created by Dudley Randall in Detroit, Michigan.
1965 - "A Poem For Black Hearts" (a tribute poem for Malcolm X) by Amiri Baraka is published in the September issue of Negro Digest.
1965 - "Black Art" composed and performed by Amiri Baraka in November on Sonny Murray's album Sonny's Time Now.
1966 - "Black Art" by Amiri Baraka is published in the January issue of Liberator.
1967 - Third World Press is created by Haki Madhubuti in Chicago, Illinois.
1968 - Negro Digest's January issue publishes the results of a survey of several black writers that concentrates on their opinions of major writers and their views of a "black aesthetic." The survey was organized by the magazine's editor Hoyt Fuller.
1968 - Poet Henry Dumas is killed May 23, New York City Transit Authority police officer.
• 15 Moments, 1918 - 1950
• 10 Moments, 1965 - 1976
• 12 Moments, 1976 - 1992