The Black Arts Movement Began in the 1960’s Influenced by the social and political turmoil of racism Stemmed from the Civil Rights Movement Artists created work that aimed to explore African American culture and experience The Black Arts Movement (BAM) gave African Americans a voice in literary world which had previously dominated by white culture. Encouraged African Americans to create their own magazines, publishing houses, and journals. Universities began to adapt African American studies programs. Black Arts Movement sought to change how blacks were represented and portrayed in literature and the arts. The Black Arts Movement was anchored in political change and the concept that the artist is a part of his or her community and their work should speak to the needs and aspirations of that community Considered the father of The Black Arts Movement Poet, playwright, activist and lecturer Baraka influenced later poets to write from the contemporary African American experience. His writings, which deal with the black experience, express the anger of black Americans and promote black culture with an intense devotion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cOSMGzdZf8 Born in Topeka, Kansas Encountered racial prejudice throughout her schooling Published her first poem at the age of 13 Became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3kF6MGBjzk References Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, 1995. Web. 10 June 2012.