What is the "black aesthetic" and who are the writers?


				

				

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The BAM Writers

The name "Black Arts" originated from LeRoi Jones, one of the most important figures in the movement. Many other black artists and writers also helped define the "Black Arts," often referred to as the "Black aesthetic." This somewhat broad definition is explored in depth in Larry Neal's essay The Black Arts Movement. While there were dozens of writers who contributed to the literature of the movement, some of the most noteworthy figures are mentioned below:

Larry Neal

Askia Toure

Gwendolyn Brooks

Ishmael Reed

Nikki Giovanni

Sonia Sanchez


Works Cited

"Amiri Baraka." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Ed. Hanna Andrews. 2010. Web. 22 Sept. 2010. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/445>.

"Amiri Baraka." The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry. Ed. Catherine Halley. 2009. Web. 21 Sept. 2010. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=80788>.

Fox, Robert Elliot. "About Ishmael Reed's Life and Work." Welcome to English « Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois. 1997. Web. 22 Sept. 2010. <http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/reed/about.htm>.

"Nikki Giovanni." The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry. Ed. Catherine Halley. 2009. Web. 22 Sept. 2010. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=81873>.

Salaam, Kalamu. "Historical Background of the Black Arts Movement." The Black Collegian. Web. 22 Sept. 2010. <http://www.black-collegian.com/african/bam1_200.shtml>.

Salaam, Kaluma. "Historical Overviews of the Black Arts Movement." Welcome to English « Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois. 1995. Web. 21 Sept. 2010. <http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/blackarts/historical.htm>.

Williams, Kenny Jackson. "Gwendolyn Brooks' Life and Career." Welcome to English « Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois. 1997. Web. 22 Sept. 2010. <http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/brooks/life.htm>.