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Building the Black Arts MovementHoyt Fuller and the Cultural Politics of the 1960s$
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Jonathan Fenderson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042430

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042430.001.0001

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Coda Maintenance, Reconstruction, and Demolition

Coda Maintenance, Reconstruction, and Demolition

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(p.171) Coda Maintenance, Reconstruction, and Demolition
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Building the Black Arts Movement
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Jonathan Fenderson

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042430.003.0007

The coda gives a snapshot of three critical institutional arrangements that offer a framework for understanding the end of the Black Arts movement. Each of these three institutions--Howard University’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities; the seminar on the Reconstruction of African-American Literature, co-sponsored by the Modern Language Association and National Endowment for the Humanities; and the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (and larger surveillance state)--were tied to Fuller’s life and the closing window of opportunity he faced at the end of the movement. More importantly, the coda contends that the presence (or absence) of these institutions in our collective memory help to shape our broader understanding of the Black Arts movement. It not only offers a three-pronged conclusion to the narrative arch of the book, but it also argues that cultural politics played a tremendous role in shaping African American intellectuals’ access to institutional resources.

Keywords:   Howard University, Modern Language Association, COINTELPRO, Chicago Red Squad, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Reconstruction of Instruction, Incorporation, social movements, repression

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