Black Arts Movement Multimedia Report




The Black Arts Movement was a period of literary and artistic growth among African Americans during the 1960's and into the early 1970's. Seen as the artistic component of the Black Power Movement, it featured many black writers and artists who voiced the cultural and political values of African American identity. These values, including black separatism and self-determination, were reflected in the artistic expression of the period, often referred to as the "Black aesthetic." Malcolm X, leader and minister for the Black Power Movement and the Nation of Islam, respectively, was assassinated in February 1965, and his death was the catalyst for the start of BAM.

What is BAM's history?

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

How did BAM effect American society and culture?