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Poetry of 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. Poetry saw tremendous growth during this period, and this guide is dedicated to compiling information about the poets of BAM and their works.

The Black Arts Movement

The Black Arts Movement was a politically motivated, loosely connected group of poets, painters, musicians, dramatists, and other artists active in the African American community from 1965 to 1976. The movement is often cited as the "artistic sister of the Black Power Movement." The Black Arts Movement saw immense growth in every aspect of the arts for African-Americans all over the country. Poetry, however, saw the most growth during the movement. The Black Arts Movement saw the rise to fame of numerous African-American poets of the time, and some of their most powerful and influential works were published during that era. 

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