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Gaston Neal: 100 Years of Black Writing

Object Details

Creator
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Scope and Contents
Gaston Neal talks about what poetry is and the origins of it. He begins with a discussion of Egyptian writing, continues through to the oral tradition of Africa, and finally with poetry from African Americans. Neal reads folk tales and poetry from Africa; and poetry by African Americans, including Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, and Sterling Brown. He also reads a few of his poems. Three Washington, D.C. poets read poetry. The poems cover topics of black history, black identity, and religion. John Kinard introduces Gaston Neal.
Lecture and poetry reading. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings. Some of the content repeats over assets. AV003446: dated 19690217. AV003519, AV003515, AV003532, AV003445: undated.
Date
1969
Extent
5 Sound recordings (open reel, 1/4 inch)
Type
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Lectures
Poetry
Topic
African Americans
Poetry
African American poets
Poets
Oral history
Blacks -- Race identity
Blacks -- History
Religion
Place
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Africa
Culture
African American
Collection Citation
Anacostia Community Museum Programs and Projects, 1967-1989, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier
ACMA.09-023, Item ACMA AV003446
Local Numbers
ACMA AV003519 ACMA AV003515 ACMA AV003532 ACMA AV003445-1 ACMA AV003445-2
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