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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 7 2013

"Into the sixties a word was born . . . BLACK." The poet Haki R. Madhubuti composed this line for a poem he wrote decades ago, but when he read it aloud at the South Side Community Art Center recently, the words still reverberated. Madhubuti was the keynote speaker at the opening of "AfriCOBRA: Prologue—The 1960s and the Black Arts Movement," the first of three exhibitions on AfriCOBRA's history, aesthetic philosophy, and cultural impact that together make up "AfriCOBRA in Chicago," a series jointly organized by the SSCAC, the Logan Center for the Arts, and the DuSable Museum of African American History. The word "black" did indeed take on new political and aesthetic meanings in the 1960s, when the raised fist became a symbol of pride and African-American writers, performers, and artists began launching their own journals, publishing companies, and exhibition spaces. Madhubuti himself founded Third World Press, one of the first black-owned publishing houses in the U.S. and now the country's largest, in 1967. Continue reading >>


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