White Surveillance of the Black Arts

  title={White Surveillance of the Black Arts},
  author={Erik Nielson},
  journal={African American Review},
  pages={161 - 177}
  • Erik Nielson
  • Published 23 November 2014
  • Art
  • African American Review
This essay explores the complex relationship between white authority and the Black Arts Movement. Conceived as a radical break from white traditions, the Black Arts Movement was intended to create a creative space, independent of white influence, through which artists could speak directly to the needs and aspirations of the black community. However, as this essay argues, the attempts to clear white presence from black art only succeeded in bringing it closer, with the radical verse of poets… 
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