African American educator and editor Alain Locke, the distinguished African American intellectual of his generation, was the leading promoter and Alain Locke. As a professor of philosophy the study of knowledgehis theory of "cultural pluralism" valued the uniqueness of different styles and values available within a democratic society. Alain's father, Pliny Locke, had obtained a degree in law from Howard University, and then became a mail clerk in Philadelphia. Mary Hawkins, Alain's mother, was a teacher.
Bring fact-checked results to the top of your browser search. The advent of urban realism Despite the enormous outpouring of creativity during the s, the vogue of black writing, black art, and black culture waned markedly in the early s as the Great Depression took hold in the United States.
Richard Wright The chief proponent of this position was Richard Wright, whose fictionautobiography, and social commentary dominated African American literature from the late s to the early s.
Charting the violent life and death of a Chicago ghetto youth, Native Son revived the protest tradition of 19th-century African American literature while eschewing its moralizing, sentimentality, and political conservatism.
After the critical and popular success of Black Boy in the mids, Wright moved to Paris, where he continued to publish fiction and travel books, though none matched the achievement of his work in the s. Chicago writers The Chicago Defenderone of the premier African American newspapers of the 20th century, portrayed the Windy City as a cultural and economic mecca for black migrants fleeing the South during the Great Depression.
Brown kept the folk spirit alive in African American poetry. An admirer of Hughes, Margaret Walker dedicated For My Peoplethe title poem of which remains one of the most popular texts for recitation and performance in African American literature, to the same black American rank and file whom Hughes and Brown celebrated.
By the early s three figures, Melvin B. TolsonRobert Haydenand Chicagoan Gwendolyn Brookswere showing how the vernacular tradition could be adapted to modernist experimentation. But foremost the Invisible Man is a black American engaged, willy-nilly, in an often painful process of education.
Encountering a volatile American reality that defies every political or philosophical attempt to define and control it, the Invisible Man comes to realize that his African American folk and cultural heritage, embodied in a series of black antagonists and enigmatic mentors, represents some of the most valuable wisdom he needs in order to discover his role and responsibilities in modern America.
Invisible Man won the National Book Award inreflecting the enormously positive critical reception the novel enjoyed. Ellison never published another novel during his lifetime, but his essays, reviews, and interviews, published as Shadow and Act and Going to the Territoryacknowledged his unwavering commitment to a pluralistic ideal of art that knows no allegiance to any school or program.
The result is a novel of unprecedented honesty in its revelation of generational and gender conflicts between its central characters, who constitute an African American family haunted by self-hatred, guilt, the psychological scars of racismunsanctioned sexual desire, and a hunger for deliverance.
Two years after Go Tell It on the Mountain, Baldwin collected his essays in Notes of a Native Son, a mix of autobiography and political commentary on race in America that identified Baldwin as the new conscience of the nation on racial matters. Used by permission of Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
Baldwin began a dramatic career in with The Amen Corner, which focuses on a female preacher in a Harlem storefront church. Hughes continued his stage presence with his musical comedy Simply Heavenly in But no one in African American theatre could have predicted the huge critical and popular success that came to Chicagoan Lorraine Hansberry after her first play, A Raisin in the Sunopened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway in March A searching portrayal of an African American family confronting the problems of upward mobility and integrationA Raisin in the Sun introduced not only the most brilliant playwright yet produced by black America but also an extraordinarily talented cast of African or Bahamian, in the case of Sidney Poitier American actors, including Poitier, Ruby Deeand Lou Gossett, Jr.
Amiri Baraka The development of an increasingly black-identified poetry in the s, written deliberately to inspire black pride and to inflame black revolution, is epitomized in the evolution of LeRoi Jones into Amiri Baraka.interpreter of the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans to American life.
As a professor of philosophy (the study of knowledge), his theory of "cultural pluralism" valued the uniqueness of different styles and values available within a democratic society.
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