OnQ Theatre Productions hosted Lou Bellamy (founder Penumbra Theatre), Joan Myers Brown (founder of Philadanco) and Amiri Baraka (poet/playwright) in a discussion called “Black Art Movement Present Condition, Future Vision.” The goal of the discussion was to explore the radicalism, relevance, and vision of this groundbreaking creative crusade from its emergence out of the 60’s civl rights movement to current 21st century reality.
Among the concerns raised by the panel was the fact that we have been deprived knowledge of the rich contributions of blacks. “(Black) people aren’t inherently stupid, they are deprived” said Amari Baraka. Many African-Americans are disconnected from their roots because we rarely celebrate them in educational institutions.
Also there is a lack of funding for art that empowers American-American or reflects their experience in America. This is the cae for the arts in general and black art specifically. As a result African-American’s must create, promote and facilitate the celebration of our own culture. In the words of Amiri Baraka “Dig yourself!”
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