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Kathy A. Perkins and Judith L. Stephens, eds. Judith L. For a study on the musicals of the era, see Thomas L. Bernard L. Wayne D. Glenn Loney London: Greenwood Press, , — Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. This view is more or less in agreement with Daylanne K.
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The essays reflect the range of discoveries historians are making as they explore this overlooked era. Part of the problem is that any potential sense of discovery for laypeople is muted by their probably already knowing a lot about it. Such incentive could possibly come from a book or project that combines the detail and gravitas of the scholarship to date with some pop appeal for the masses, a little sizzle to garnish that steak. The Black Chicago Renaissance especially feels, and often reads, like historians and professors talking to historians and professors. One way might be a Black Chicago Renaissance history tour, which would be especially fruitful since there are major landmarks and vestiges from the era still standing including the DuSable Museum of African American History, founded in by Dr.
Margaret Burroughs and others who were active during the Renaissance, and the Vivian G. Woodson Regional Library. In fact, one such package was offered last year for educators: "Renaissance in the Black Metropolis: Chicago, ," a Landmarks of American History and Culture program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in conjunction with the Chicago Metro History Fair.
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Its musical heritage is a screaming case in point. One would think that the birthplace of modern blues and gospel would have some sort of signature markers of it: a museum, a hall of fame, even a street where the music is celebrated. Similarly, plans were announced last summer for a Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum in Bronzeville to open in the fall, but it has yet to come to fruition. One could chalk that up to the problem of getting modern audiences interested in music that even smacks of bygone times.
A bigger problem facing celebrants of the Black Chicago Renaissance may be the most elemental one.
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How do you make people care about history when the present day is so ripe with carnage and despair? We just ended a year with more than homicides in Chicago, most of them happening to and by the hands of young black men. A tour of Black Chicago Renaissance sites would reveal long stretches of emptiness and poverty between them.
Creating decent jobs and functional public schools are complicated and daunting issues, but far more pressing than an afternoon bus tour. The work of Bone and the scholars and historians who have followed in his wake is admirable, valuable and important. Perhaps a major touring exhibit, collecting significant examples of the arts, music and letters under one roof?
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Or instead of a series of research papers, how about a lavish coffee-table book with pictures and documents of the times and a companion cd of the music if licensing arrangements can be forged? Or at the very least, a website geared more to the curious masses than to students and educators? But the biggest difference between the Black Chicago Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance is brand awareness. The latter has had that for generations, and the former just recently hung out its shingle.
A mighty task to be sure, but not impossible. After all, working in much more dire circumstances, a community of artists on these very streets once imagined and created a whole wide world. Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers.
Travel back to and see them again for the first time. PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed.
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co.organiccrap.com/109559.php A rewarding, enriching and outstanding collaboration between Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bryce Dessner, and Eighth Blackbird makes the old sound new, the new sound old and shines a light on a long lost minimalist composer. University Press Scholarship Online. Sign in. Not registered? Sign up. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Search my Subject Specializations: Select Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Abstract Beginning in the s, Black Chicago experienced a cultural renaissance that lasted into the s and rivaled the cultural outpouring of the Harlem Renaissance of the s.
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