Jonathan Fenderson, assistant professor of African and African-American Studies, will be interviewed by Monique Bedasse, associate professor of history and African and African-American studies, about his new book, Building the Black Arts Movement: Hoyt Fuller and the Cultural Politics of the 1960s.
This event will include a reception and book signing; copies of the book will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to all.
About Building the Black Arts Movement: As both an activist and the dynamic editor of Negro Digest, Hoyt W. Fuller stood at the nexus of the Black Arts Movement and the broader black cultural politics of his time. Jonathan Fenderson uses historical snapshots of Fuller’s life and achievements to rethink the period and establish Fuller’s important role in laying the foundation for the movement. In telling Fuller’s story, Fenderson provides provocative new insights into the movement’s international dimensions, the ways the movement took shape at the local level, the impact of race and other factors, and the challenges–corporate, political, and personal–that Fuller and others faced in trying to build black institutions.