“BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement (2019),” A viewing and live panel discussion with the filmmakers of the documentary, along with Angela Jackson, Illinois poet laureate, and Useni Eugene Perkins, esteemed poet and youth advocate. This is a free event. Donations encouraged.
You must register to attend the panel. Registrants for the panel will be sent a link to the full film free to watch anytime from Feb 18-24. On February 24, registrants can join the filmmakers Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan in a panel discussion, which will also feature celebrated Chicago poet, playwright, and novelist Angela Jackson, and distinguished poet, playwright, and youth worker Useni Eugene Perkins.
ABOUT THE FILM: Featuring interviews with Adams, Haki Madhubuti, Safisha Madhubuti, Eugene Redmond, Mwata Bowden, Angela Jackson and many other artists and scholars, the film introduces viewers to the history of Chicago’s Black Arts Movement (BAM) and reflects on the extensive national and international impact of Chicago’s Black writers, musicians and community organizers and the organizations and institutions that they supported and founded including the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), Negro Digest/Black World, Ebony Talent Agency (ETA), the DuSable Museum, Third World Press, Johnson Publishing, Kuumba Theatre, and the South Side Community Arts Center.
-Thabiti Lewis is the author of Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America (2010) and “Black People Are My Business”: Toni Cade Bambara’s Practices of Liberation (2020)
-Pavithra Narayanan is the author of What are You Reading? The World Market and Indian Literary Production (2012) and the documentary film, India and Free Trade: A Closer Look at Bhopal (2000)
-Angela Jackson is the Illinois Poet Laureate and, among many accolades, recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award and two American Book Awards
-Useni Eugene Perkins was an influential activist in the Organization of Black American Culture and fused his professional career as a youth social worker with his creative expression as a writer