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The Black Arts Movement will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at Laney College on February 7th 2015.
On February 7th 2015, Laney College will host the 50th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement. This event will begin at 10am until 10pm. Its focus will be the Bay Area’s contribution to the Black Arts Movement. BAM is often referred to as the sister of the Black Power Movement. BAM is also known as the most radical artistic and literary movement in American History. According to Ishmael Reed, "If not for the Black Arts Movement, African American culture would be extinct."
As a result of the Black Arts Movement, other ethnicities found their voices such as Asians, Native Americans and Latinos. It forced the inclusion of Afro American literature and other ethnic literature in American Academia.
BAM literature was often considered too radical for Academia and many of the BAM founders, poets, playwrights, essayists and others were purged from academia, especially from Black Studies programs. The radicals were replaced by more pliant Negroes or Continental and/or Caribbean Africans.
The Bay Area’s contribution included some of the primary BAM journals such as Soul Book, Black Dialogue, Journal of Black Poetry and the Black Scholar Magazine. The icons includ Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, The Last Poets, Haki Madhubuti, Askia Toure, Marvin X, Sarah Webster Fabio, Ed Bullins, Adam David Miller, Judy Juanita, Avotcja, Jose Goncalves, Elizabeth Catlette Mora and Emory Douglas.
Oakland Post News Group Publisher, Paul Cobb, has donated $100.00 for the BAM Fest. He suggested 100 people donate between $100.00 and $500.00 for BAM so we can do for self. He will put the pic of all who donate in the Oakland Post. We are looking for 99 people of good will who believe in BAM. FYI, Paul Cobb is a Garveyite, his father and grandfather were Garveyites. I am a Garveyite! As they say in Houston, TX, "You better ax somebody!"
If you are willing to donate any amount, please call Marvin X, 510-200-4164. BAM must be a community supported project. The original Black Arts Repertory Theatre failed in Harlem when grant funds were cut off. BAM must be independent although we will accept funds but will not compromise our revolutionary values and goals, the freedom of our people.
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