Sep 27, 2017
Colvard Student Union - Fowlkes Auditorium
In celebration of African American Studies' 10th anniversary, Dr. James Smethurst from the University of Massachusetts Amherst will give a talk on his new book, "Behold the Land: The Black Arts Movement in the South, 1963-1985."
This book investigates the origins, development, maturation and decline of the Black Arts Movement in the South from the early 1960s until the early 1980s. The Black Arts Movement in the South greatly influenced black expressive culture and the national Black Arts movement. In his talk, Dr. Smethurst will focus on the Southern activities of the Black Arts Movement and the grassroots impact and lasting influence that this movement left on the South and in Mississippi particularly. Smethurst will recount important events, organizations and institutions of the Black Arts Movement in the South, and he will talk about how the movement changed Americans' thoughts about what art is and who/what art is for as well as how the movement made Southern cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Miami, New Orleans and Nashville major arts centers.
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