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.
A Black Arts Convention takes place in Detroit, Michigan.
Black musician John Coltrane dies July 17, 1967. He becomes a frequent subject of tribute poems.
Haki Madhubuti founds Third World Press in Chicago, Illinois along with Carolyn Rodgers and Johari Amini.. Third World Press was a prominent outlet for African American literature during the Black Arts Movement and is currently the largest independent Black-owned press in the United States.
Robert Hayden is appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. This position is now known as the United States Poet Laureate. Hayden was the first African American to serve in this position.