Recap: Black Arts Movement at Dillard University


In a 1968 essay, “The Black Arts Movement,” Larry Neal proclaimed Black Arts the “aesthetic and spiritual sister of the Black Power concept.”

Often the Black Arts Movements is said to have left out Black Women and the LGBT community. The conference at Dillard University was inclusive and timely.

I attended each day of the Black Arts Movement Conference at Dillard University.  Headliners included: Haki Madhubti, Eugene Redmond, Quincy Troupe, Kalamu ya Salaam,  Genny Liam, Luisah Teish, Dr. Jerry Ward, Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy and many more.

Many of our beloved poets such as: Amiri Baraka,  Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Last Poets are from the Black Arts Movement an have impacted today’s Black Lives Matter.

I presented on the panel: The Black Woman Artist, Community, and the Rendering of Identity. I also spoke about the legacy of  Louisiana first African American Poet Laureate, Pinkie Gordon Lane.  I was happy to be one of many Black women presenting and performing at the conference.

Here’s one panel featuring: Margo Natalie Crawford, K. Zauditu-Selassie and Doris Derby.

Saturday, September 10, 2016: “Everybody Doing the Second Line: Global Black Consciousness in the Black Arts Movement.” 

Black Arts Movement 3 from Jason Berry on Vimeo.

There were so many great panels, but the times often overlapped. It was hard to choose, but here’s some of the  panels I attended. Be sure to check out the writers and speakers for info on their work.

“Southern Writers Roundtable”  (Kalamu ya Salaam, Askia Toure, Qou Vadis Breaux, Mona Lisa Saloy, and Chakula Cha Jua)

“Owing Our Rituals, Power and Black Bodies” (Luisah Teish, Benae Beamon, V. Drew Jemison, Neith Sankofa, M.A.)

“Activism, Trauma and the State of Blackness in America” (Alton E. Price, Amanda Russhell Wallace, Fari Nzinga)