The Black Women’s Rhetoric Project    http://blackwomenrhetproject.org    Unit Six          Go through the playlist videos...
What is the Black Arts Movement?“The Black Arts movement   was the only American        Black women during BAM wrote    li...
Sonia Sanchez  Born in 1934….  Poet. Mother. Professor. National and International    lecturer on Black Culture and Litera...
Sonia Sanchez   “And I cried… for all the     women who have ever   stretched their bodies out           anticipating    c...
Nikki Giovanni Born 1943… Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned    poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of ...
Nikki Giovanni  “We write because we  believe the human spirit    cannot be tamed and   should not be trained.”
Gwendolyn BrooksSunrise 1917    Sunset 2000Brooks first book of poetry, A Street in   Bronzeville(1945), published by Harp...
Gwendolyn Brooks“What Im fighting for now in mywork... for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks, poems I could t...
Jayne Cortez   Sunrise 1934    Sunset 2012   Cortez gave her first public poetry readings     with the Watts Repertory The...
Jayne Cortez   Invoking Duke Ellington’s 1956 “A Drum Is a       Woman,” Cortez writes “If the Drum Is a   Woman,” one of ...
NtozakeShange      Born 1948      Shange is a        playwright, poet, and black        feminist, best known the        Ob...
NtozakeShange“ifound god in myself
&i loved her / i          loved her fiercely.”
Carolyn Rodgers    Sunrise 1940 Sunset 2010    A student of Gwendolyn      Brooks, Rodgers was a leading BAM      poet. He...
Carolyn Rodgers “I think sometimes
wheniwrite
God    has his hand on me
i am his little           black slim ink pen.”
The Black Women’s Rhetoric Project    http://blackwomenrhetproject.org    Unit Six          Go through the playlist videos...
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Unit Six Assignment (Black Women's Rhetoric Project): Part One

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This is the FIRST part of an assignment connected to the Youtube Channel (BlackWomynRhetProject) that asks students to connect black women writers during BAM to Spoken Word Artists today.

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Unit Six Assignment (Black Women's Rhetoric Project): Part One

  1. 1. The Black Women’s Rhetoric Project http://blackwomenrhetproject.org Unit Six Go through the playlist videos From the Black of the six female poets and Arts Movement to writers listed here who Spoken Word emerge during the Black Artists Arts Movement.Part I of Your Choose one woman who you will focus on for yourAssignment writing.
  2. 2. What is the Black Arts Movement?“The Black Arts movement was the only American Black women during BAM wrote literary movement to both within the movement AND against it. Taken advance "social together,BAM women set engagement" as a sine qua the stage for the black non of its aesthetic… and women’s literary boom dashed forward toward an that followed (including alternative that initially works of Alice Walker, Toni seemed unthinkable and Morrison, Ruby Dee,Maya Angelou) and the politicalunobtainable: Black Power.” terrain for the new wave of ~ Kalumaya Salaam Black Feminism.
  3. 3. Sonia Sanchez Born in 1934…. Poet. Mother. Professor. National and International lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice. Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 16 books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, A Sound Investment and Other Stories, Homegirls and Handgrenades, Under a Soprano Sky, Wounded in the House of a Friend, Does Your House Have Lions?,Like the Singing Coming off the Drums, Shake Loose My Skin, and most recently, Morning Haiku. http://soniasanchez.net/
  4. 4. Sonia Sanchez “And I cried… for all the women who have ever stretched their bodies out anticipating civilization, and finding ruins…”
  5. 5. Nikki Giovanni Born 1943… Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others. http://nikki-giovanni.com/
  6. 6. Nikki Giovanni “We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.”
  7. 7. Gwendolyn BrooksSunrise 1917 Sunset 2000Brooks first book of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville(1945), published by Harper and Row, earned instant critical acclaim. With her second book of poetry, Annie Allen (1950), she became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.Brooks will be an icon for us in the Black Arts Movement because of her essential role in funding, mentoring, and supporting many BAM artists and their work in numerous ways.
  8. 8. Gwendolyn Brooks“What Im fighting for now in mywork... for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks, poems I could take into a tavern, into the street, into the halls of a housing project.”
  9. 9. Jayne Cortez Sunrise 1934 Sunset 2012 Cortez gave her first public poetry readings with the Watts Repertory Theater Company, a Los Angeles ensemble she founded in 1964, when she began performing her work to musical accompaniment. For the past three decades she toured and recorded with her own band, The Firespitters. Meant for the ear even more than for the eye, her poetry was known for its combination of written verse, African and African- American oral traditions, political protest, and jazz and blues. http://www.jaynecortez08.com/
  10. 10. Jayne Cortez Invoking Duke Ellington’s 1956 “A Drum Is a Woman,” Cortez writes “If the Drum Is a Woman,” one of her best-known works, to indict violence against women: “why are you pounding your drum into an insane babble why are you pistol-whipping your drum at dawn why are you shooting through the head of your drum and making a drum tragedy of drums if the drum is a woman don’t abuse your drum …”
  11. 11. NtozakeShange Born 1948 Shange is a playwright, poet, and black feminist, best known the Obie Award-winning play and choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. She has also written numerous works of fiction, including Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo, Betsy Brown, and Liliane.
  12. 12. NtozakeShange“ifound god in myself
&i loved her / i loved her fiercely.”
  13. 13. Carolyn Rodgers Sunrise 1940 Sunset 2010 A student of Gwendolyn Brooks, Rodgers was a leading BAM poet. Her collections of poetry include Paper Soul (1968), Songs of a Blackbird (1969), which won the Poet Laureate Award of the Society of Midland Authors,how I got ovah: New and Selected Poems (1975), The Heart as Ever Green: Poems (1978), and Morning Glory: Poems (1989).
  14. 14. Carolyn Rodgers “I think sometimes
wheniwrite
God has his hand on me
i am his little black slim ink pen.”
  15. 15. The Black Women’s Rhetoric Project http://blackwomenrhetproject.org Unit Six Go through the playlist videos From the Black of the six female poets and Arts Movement to writers listed here who Spoken Word emerge during the Black Artists Arts Movement.Part I of Your Choose one woman who you will focus on for yourAssignment writing.

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