40,000 escaped through Philadelphia. They came by boat, train and on foot and aided by Robert Purvis and William Still they found freedom. Most people have heard of Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass but many do not know of the important roles played by Philadelphians such as Robert Purvis, William Still, Frances E. W. Harper, Lucretia Mott and others. This is real history, the story of our relatives and neighbors risking themselves to do what is right. These are important stories to be remembered and retold because when we know our history we take pride in our heritage and control of our lives. We are inspired by our ancestors and empowered to take action to better our lives and confront transgression. Join us as we explore the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia.
Sunday November 2, 2014 – 3pm
Brandywine Workshop, 728 S. Broad Street
Join John H. Bracey Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst
the editors for the Philadelphia launch of
SOS—Calling All Black People:
A Black Arts Movement Reader
This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history. The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power movement, it burst onto the scene in the form of artists’ circles, writers’ workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers and had a presence in practically every community and college campus with an appreciable African American population. Black Arts activists extended its reach even further through magazines such as Ebony and Jet, on television shows such as Soul! and Like It Is, and on radio programs.
Many of the movement’s leading artists, including Ed Bullins, Nikki Giovanni, Woodie King, Haki Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Askia Touré, and Val Gray Ward remain artistically productive today. Its influence can also be seen in the work of later artists, from the writers Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman, and August Wilson to actors Avery Brooks, Danny Glover, and Samuel L. Jackson, to hip hop artists Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Chuck D. SOS—Calling All Black People includes works of fiction, poetry, and drama in addition to critical writings on issues of politics, aesthetics, and gender. It covers topics ranging from the legacy of Malcolm X and the impact of John Coltrane’s jazz to the tenets of the Black Panther Party and the music of Motown. The editors have provided a substantial introduction outlining the nature, history, and legacy of the Black Arts Movement as well as the principles by which the anthology was assembled.