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Along the Streets of BronzevilleBlack Chicago's Literary Landscape$
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Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037825

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.001.0001

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The South Side Community Art Center and South Side Writers Group

The South Side Community Art Center and South Side Writers Group

(p.25) Chapter 2 The South Side Community Art Center and South Side Writers Group
Along the Streets of Bronzeville

Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the South Side Community Art Center and the South Side Writers' Group that predate the fame of Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks. As pillars of the Bronzeville's community, these institutions of art and literature generated a unique aesthetic consciousness/political ideology for which Chicago Black Renaissance would garner much fame. The chapter emphasizes how the artists and authors of both institutions evidenced a strong commitment to and conditioning by the streets and people of Bronzeville. The aesthetic formula characterized by these visual arts and literary groups collided in ways that always articulated a vital political and modern consciousness that sustained the Renaissance movement into the 1940s.

Keywords:   South Side Community Art Center, South Side Writers' Group, Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Bronzeville, Chicago Black Renaissance, Renaissance movement

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