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The Black Arts Movement

The Black Arts Movement (BAM) was a period of growth in the arts by African-Americans in the 1960s and 70s.

Major Publishers/Establishments

  • The Black Arts Repertory Theatre
    • The Black Arts Repertory Theatre was founded by Amiri Baraka in 1965 in Harlem. Baraka's founding of the Theatre is seen to be the starting point of the Black Arts Movement. When founding the Theatre, Baraka envisioned a Black artistic school responsive to the black community, attached to the militant politics of the Black Power movement, and rooted in the same urban landscape as the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
  • Negro Digest/Black World
    • ‚ÄčNegro Digest, which changed its name to Black World in 1970, was a major venue for the publication of poetry by Black artists during the Black Arts Movement. From 1967 to 1975, the magazine ran an annual special issue on poetry. The magazine ceased publication in 1976.
  • Broadside Press
    • Founded by poet Dudley Randall in 1965 in Detroit, Michigan, Broadside Press published the works of many Black poets of the Black Arts Movement. 
  • Third World Press
    • Third World Press was founded by Haki R. Madhubuti in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. Third World Press began publishing the works of African American writers and continues that tradition to this day.
  • Freedomways 
    • Freedomways Magazine was also a prominent publisher of the Black Arts Movement. It focused on Black arts, studies, and intellectual and cultural movements. Freedomways mostly appealed to younger African-Americans. Archived publications of Freedomways can be viewed here.
  • Liberator 
    • ‚ÄčLiberator Magazine was a Black nationalist magazine that published many of the early writing of critical voices of the Black Arts Movement. Amiri Baraka's "Black Art" was first published in print in Liberator.