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The militant black writer in Africa and the United States

Author: Mercer Cook; Stephen Evangelist Henderson
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 1969.
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Here, two distinguished and articulate black intellectuals view the Black Revolution in terms of the black writer. Cook traces the development of black African consciousness through the works of representative black African writers, from the nineteenth century to the present. In exploring basic themes--independence, civilization, identity, African personality, and African socialism--he draws interesting parallels  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cook, Mercer, 1903-1987.
Militant black writer in Africa and the United States.
Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 1969
(OCoLC)575864945
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mercer Cook; Stephen Evangelist Henderson
ISBN: 0299053911 9780299053918 0299053946 9780299053949
OCLC Number: 5808
Notes: Expanded versions of 2 papers delivered at a symposium at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Aug. 8-9, 1968.
Description: xiv, 136 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword --
African voices of protest / Mercer Cook --
"Survival motion": a study of the Black writer and the Black revolution in America / Stephen E. Henderson.
Responsibility: Mercer Cook and Stephen E. Henderson.

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Here, two distinguished and articulate black intellectuals view the Black Revolution in terms of the black writer. Cook traces the development of black African consciousness through the works of representative black African writers, from the nineteenth century to the present. In exploring basic themes--independence, civilization, identity, African personality, and African socialism--he draws interesting parallels and notes some telling dissimilarities in the American and African movements. Henderson, choosing the phrase "survival motion" as rubric, examines the intricate interrelationship among black writers, the Black Revolution, and Black Consciousness in America--and their effects upon (and influencing by) established, white, middle-class cultural values. The responsibility of the black writer, he suggessts, is to free his people from racist mythology and stimulate their emergent self-respect into an instrumentality of wisdom. Together, these remarkable essays form some profound connections for all who seek a greater understanding, not only of the American Black Revolution, but of the larger, international Black movement which forms an illuminating context for the American experience.

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