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The EBR Collection charts Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Quincy Troupe, and more than one hundred

other black poets and artists year after year at reading after reading looking more and more vibrant and energetic.

The EBR Collection also charts notable transformations.



Books by Eugene Redmond

Sides of the River (1969)  /  Sentry of the Four Golden Pillars (1970) / River of Bones and Flesh and Blood (1971) / Songs from an Afro/Phone (1972)

 In a Time of Rain & Desire (1973) / Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas (2003)

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Report on the 10th National Black Writers Conference

@ Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn NY

By Eugene B. Redmond


Yo cohorts—
Back at the MotherShip after being immersed in the 10th National Black Writers Conference @ Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn NY. Over four daze, Toni Morrison, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Talib Kweli, Gary Bartz, Gil Scott-Heron, James McBride, Maaza Mengiste, Tony Medina, Kevin Powell, Louis Massiah, Tayari Jones, Herb Boyd, Malaika Adero, Susan L. Taylor, Colson Whitehead, Kalamu ya Salaam and others shared/bared their hearts/arts and then partied--with a purpose, as we used to say in the '60's—hard.
Below is Howard Rambsy's preface to a photo exhibit designed especially for NBWC and housed in the Innis Library at M.E.C. [Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn NY]. easy, ebr . . .

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Visualizing Literary Thunder
An Exhibit from the Eugene B. Redmond Collection
Curated by Howard Rambsy II

In retrospect, the publication of Eugene B. Redmond’s Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, A Critical History (1976) marks an important shift in the history of black literary history. Although many observers pinpoint the late 1970s as a time of declining significance for the cultural enterprise known as the Black Arts Movement, it was during these years that Redmond began to dramatically increase his methods of charting African American cultural activity.

The results of Redmond’s tremendous efforts form the basis of what is now known as the Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Collection, an extensive collection of books, literary magazines, rare program booklets and flyers, audio recordings, and more than 150,000 photographs of literary artists, musicians, entertainers, supporters of the arts and political activists. The EBR Collection, which is housed at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Lovejoy Library, could easily be subtitled, “the ongoing mission of black arts activity.”
The EBR Collection provides remarkable evidence that artists who came of age during the 1960s have remained quite active during the latter decades of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. If the Black Arts Movement ended during the mid 1970s, then the artists whom Redmond has documented over the last decades failed to receive the memo that their artistic activities should somehow be in decline.

The EBR Collection charts Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Quincy Troupe, and more than one hundred other black poets and artists year after year at reading after reading looking more and more vibrant and energetic. The EBR Collection also charts notable transformations. For example, one of Redmond’s photographs shows an editor named Toni Morrison in her office at Random House during the early 1970s, and then later, Redmond photographs that editor-turned-novelist at a party in 1994 being honored for recently receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature.

One of Redmond’s images shows Maya Angelou at a small gathering celebrating her birthday in 1976; another Redmond image shows Angelou, alongside Oprah Winfrey, at a much larger affair celebrating Angelou’s 80th birthday in 2008. Redmond’s Drumvoices charts a history of black poetry; and the EBR Collection documents more than 40 years of evolving movements in African American artistic culture.
This exhibit, “Visualizing Literary Thunder,” from the Lovejoy Library’s EBR Collection, highlights past National Black Writers Conferences (NBWC) and features noted honorees and participants of the conferences, such as John Oliver Killens, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Toni Cade Bambara, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, and Jayne Cortez.

The panels show participants at the NBWC over the years and at various other gatherings across the country. Images showcasing various events beyond the NBWC clarify the involvement of multiple literary artists, musicians, and participants over a period of time and demonstrate interconnectivity of various African American literary projects and

The photographs present a wide range of figures, including Barbara Christian, Tom Dent, Charles Johnson, Paule Marshall, Terry McMillan, Walter Mosley, Elizabeth Nunez, Kevin Powell,Ishmael Reed, Darlene Roy, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, Sekou Sundiata, Eleanor Traylor, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, John A. Williams, August Wilson, and many more. The images make us more aware of how Eugene B. Redmond has served as one of our most committed and extraordinary African American cultural witnesses, and overall, the exhibit showcases the past and developing movements of black literary and cultural activity.

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Source of photos: http://www.FaceBook Troy Johnson Album.

Eugene B. Redmond (born 1937 St. Louis) is an American poet, and academic.He graduated from Southern Illinois University, and from Washington University with an M.A. He is an Emeritus Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He founded the EBR Writers Club in March of 1986.His papers are held at University of Illinois at Springfield,  and photo archive at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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