Chapter 20. The Black Arts Movement

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. James Edward Smethurst Associate Professor

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch20

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Smethurst, J. E. (2010) The Black Arts Movement, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch20

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474



  • the Black Arts movement;
  • Romanticism and Surrealism;
  • Black Arts Movement (BAM) - 1960s and 1970s;
  • Harlem - based Black Arts Repertory Theater and School (BARTS) - 1965;
  • Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) - public employment program akin to the WPA in the New Deal, by Congress in 1973;
  • Alice Walker - foremost artists linked to a more straightforwardly feminist critique of BAM during the late 1970s and 1980s;
  • BAM - instrumental in creating broad acceptance of governmental support of the arts


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography