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I think we should delete all the links to random African American art exhibitions. They don't really have anything to do with the Black Arts Movement, or, if they do, their relationship is peripheral and not fundamental to this article? Any objections? ---rwclark

I think this page lacks the involvement of black women; it heavily gives credit to Baraka and lacks information how why and how the movement is prevalent in many of today's conversations. For example the work of Nikki Giovanni, Angela Davis, and the perspective of Audre Lorde. I think these women served as valid and creditable movers and shakers of this time. No taking credit away just spreading it around. Any Objections? IndieAnna (talk) 21:31, 7 March 2017 (UTC)IndieAnna

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On Malcolm X's assassination "triggering" the Black Arts Movement[edit]

In Confessions From a Former Anti-Semite (Village Voice, 1980), Amiri Baraka talks about forming the Black Arts Repertory Theater School "[l]ate in 1965" (20), which was after Malcolm's assassination in February of that year. He notes a paradigm shift that the assassination triggered in his views towards white people and his realization of the necessity of an art that was actively revolutionary and segregated. In his own words:

Late in 1965, I moved out of the Village and uptown, to 145th Street in Harlem, along with many of my Black comrades. Together we would form the Black Arts Repertory Theater School.


[After the Dutchman become popular,] I began to make pronouncements that were suddenly shocking to my old friends, trampling on their subjectivism and liberalism, accusing them of ducking reality, of being tied up with the rulers, of using art to hide from responsibility. But Malcolm's death took me further. Surely this meant that white people, with all the broadness the abstraction conveys, must be responsible, and that our revolution, if it was to be successful, must be aimed at them.

It should be noted that Baraka's most seminal works (Preface..., The Dutchman, The Dead Lecturer) were written before Malcolm X's death, but the founding of BARTS in the same year of that event can certainly seem like triggering. It is possible to see his death as a tangible and defining moment that inspired Baraka to have the Black Arts movement be a more exaggerated break away from white culture, at least in its inception. I am not sure what to change that sentence in need of citation to, because I see why people would say that his death triggered this movement and I also see why people would not consider it a direct cause. Enderandpeter (talk) 02:19, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

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Peer Review by Yaa Harpo[edit]

Suggestions: Ensure all statements without citations are able to stand without references Consider information that could be superfluous or less related to the topic than other facts Consider where more information specifically about black women in the Black Arts Movement could possibly be added Consider reforming tone to sound less like a research paper and more like an encyclopedic entry Yaa Harpo (talk) 06:21, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

Peer Review by Mary T. Brown[edit]

Good job tackling this topic, it's a lot of information and people to discuss but I think you did it well. The flow of everything was good and I learned a lot! Below I've made a few suggestions on things to change.

Lead: - not sure if it's common to open a lead with quotes from someone else, might consider just citing Time and rewording what they said - expand (no more than two sentences) on what the Black Arts Repertory is and why (generally) it is so vital

Arts - consider rewording this section header to "Influence" as you mostly talked about how the arts helped to expand education and newspapers

History - add links to the Wikipedia pages of Amiri Baraka, black power movement, civil rights movement

Authors - add sources, not one source was used in the entire section. If this was not your section, possibly add existing sources otherwise the entire section could be deleted

Locations - italicize all journals/publications

Major Works - great summaries!

Mary T. Brown (talk) 00:54, 22 March 2017 (UTC)