Along the Streets of Bronzeville
Black Chicago's Literary Landscape
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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Gwendolyn Brooks, a lifelong resident and Bronzeville native, once wrote, “If you wanted a poem, you had only to look out of a window. There was material always, walking or running, fighting or screaming or singing.”1 Brooks did an interview much later in life where she was asked if she were disturbed by this environment to which she replied, “In my twenties when ...
Chapter 1. From Black Belt to Bronzeville
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The South Side of Chicago was dubbed the Black Belt during the late teens. Crowds of people milled about day and night. Popular in the late teens and 1920s, the Stroll—South Parkway Avenue (presently Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)—was the center of Chicago’s Black Belt. The Stroll served as inspiration for famed African American musicians, artists, and writers, such ...
Chapter 2. The South Side Community Art Center and South Side Writers Group
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...—“Defense of Culture,” Margaret Burroughs, the dedication of the During the Chicago Black Renaissance, there were many community institu-tions that cultivated the arts, nurtured a budding African American mod-ern consciousness, and carved the way for future generations of migrants, Chicagoans, and African American artists and authors. These institutions ...
Chapter 3. Policy, Creativity, and Bronzeville's Dreams
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African Americans f_locked to Bronzeville, the nation’s most prominent black community, between the wars. Chicago’s labor shortage lured migrants north where work seemed to be the answer to Southern race problems. This belief in the ethics of work helped some capitalize on the migrant experi-ence by joining in the formal economies of the working and middle class, ...
Chapter 4. Two Bronzeville Autobiographies
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Are your characters literally true to your experience or do you people. The people in the little poem called “The Vacant Lot” really existed and really did those things. For example: “Mrs. Coley’s three f_lat brick / Isn’t here any more. / All done with seeing her fat little form / Burst out of the basement door.” ...
Chapter 5. Kitchenettes
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As Black Chicagoans and the most prominent figures of the Chicago Black Renaissance, Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks stood at the forefront of this vibrant movement in Windy City life. They stand as literary models of the Chicago Black Renaissance, a movement, Adam Green stresses, that engendered a unique cultural consciousness and fostered ideas of racial ...
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Bronzeville’s writers, gamblers, musicians, artists, and businessmen and busi-nesswomen revolutionized their fields. The neighborhood produced the most famous African American male and female writers of that time—Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks. Chicago’s musicians revolutionized musical performance, dance halls, big-band music, jazz, and bebop. Visual artists ...
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Page Count: 188
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The New Black Studies Series