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From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: The Arts

"As the civil rights struggle widened into a national liberation struggle, many activists began looking for political strategies that went beyond the integrationism of mainstream civil rights groups." Liberation School

Expression in Artistic Form

Illustration by Loveis Wise

Book Resources

Google Arts & Culture

Chicago’s Particular Cultural Scene and the Radical Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

Fired Up! Ready to Go!

Gil Scott-Heron

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on America’s Troubled Racial History

Museum of Modern Art

Article Features

Gordon Parks

The Woman With The Violin

Ginger and Her Violin, 1954

Photograph by Robert S. Scurlock

Gift of Ivy G. and Dean Tatam Reeves in memory of John Reeves

Ginger Smock Research


Strange Fruit and the Power of the Protest Song

You Should Know...

Harry Belafonte on racism, patriotism & war, 1967: CBC Archives | CBC

Negro Ensemble Company turned spotlight on black theater

Thelma Golden Knows That Showing Great Art Means Nurturing New Artists

Illustration: Sam Kerr for Bloomberg Businessweek

Renaissance Woman

Portrait of artist and educator Dr. Margaret Burroughs at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 1971. Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images

What Antwon Rose’s Poetry Tells Us About Being Black in America

Though Antwon Rose’s words in “i am not what you think!” eerily predicted his future, the power of his poem isn’t limited to its prescience. Photograph by Justin Merriman / Getty


Vision & Justice

Lorraine Hansberry

Anacostia Community Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

A Wreath For Emmett Till

The Most Photographed Persons

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Queer Black Woman Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll

The Philosopher Who Believed That Art Was Key to Black Liberation

Winold Reiss, National Portrait Gallery

Ntozake Shange

Introducing a new radio show, Music In Culture: Sounds of the Black Experience on WOWD 94.3 FM

Black Protest Writing, from W.E.B. DuBois to Kendrick Lamar

The Artist's Struggle for Integrity