Read this timeless critical essay by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer published on August 14,1997 in the New York Amsterdam News. From the Abstract: Barbara Ann Teer calls upon African Americans to restore a new commitment to furthering the progress of blacks. Teer provides an historical background of African ancestors to emphasize her point of where modern blacks need to go in the future.
In this 2011 essay, Amiri Baraka, one of the catalysts of the Black Arts Movement of the 60s, reflects on the context, development, and people who gave life and shape to the movement. Throughout, Elder Baraka reflects on the role of being a revolutionary AND an artist. For him, this role remains one of fostering collective self-awareness, self-determination, and focus for a people seeking Liberation.