Saturday, March 25, 2023

Producing whiteboard animations on black poetry

In October 2022, I began releasing whiteboard animations focusing on black poetry and literary history. Whiteboard animations are illustrated video narratives, and after studying some of those compositions on various topics, I thought it would be a good idea to work with voice actors and designers to produce some on African American literary studies. 

I received the Stephen L. and Julia Y. Hansen Humanities Award in 2022, and I used funds from that award to begin producing the whiteboard animations. 

The compositions I've produced so far trace the publication histories of popular African American poems by Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Claude McKay, and Margaret Walker. I also produced animations focusing on poet William J. Harris, literary scholar and professor Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper, and black poetry anthologies of the 1960s and 1970s. 


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