Session #2

Tuesday, July 13, 7 – 9 pm
Topic: “Understanding the New Black Poetry”


Dr. Stephen Henderson, an intellectual architect of the Institute, taught in the first of IBW’s Summer Symposia in 1969 and wrote and produced the book Understanding the New Black Poetry. The collection of poems and writings he edited and a seminal essay he wrote demonstrated and framed the seismic shift that occurred in African American arts and letters in the 1960s. This session looks at the ways in which that shift has developed and morphed over the years since.

Panel Discussion: Sonia Sanchez, Kalamu Ya Salaam and Destiny Birdsong; moderated by Opal Moore 
Poetry Readings: Sonia Sanchez, Kalamu ya Salaam and Destiny O. Birdsong

Music: Omelika, percussionist and former director of Giyewen Mata Dance Company