John Oliver Killens : a life of Black literary activism / Keith Gilyard.
- Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2010.
xii, 418 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Killens, John Oliver, 1916-1987.
Killens, John Oliver, 1916-1987 -- Political activity.
African American authors -- Biography.
African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
African American authors.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
- John Oliver Killens wrote works of fiction and nonfiction, the most famous of which is his novel Youngblood. An influential novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and teacher, he was the founding chair of the Harlem Writers Guild and mentored a generation of black writers at Fisk, Howard, Columbia, and elsewhere. He is recognized as the spiritual father of the Black Arts Movement. This book examines the life and career of the African American writer-activist from the 1950s to the 1980s. It looks at both his times and his literary achievement. Figuring prominently are many important African American artists and political figures connected to the author from the 1930s to the 1980s including, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Alphaeus Hunton, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Harry Belafonte, and Maya Angelou.
- A white man's republic, 1915-1928
Avoiding the river, 1928-1936
Mr. Killens, 1936-1942
Chasing the double victory, 1942-1945
None as radical as Mickey Mouse, 1945-1948
The efficacy of struggle, 1948-1949
A colored man who happened to write, 1949-1951
The poetry, energy, and convictions, 1951-1954
Mr. Youngblood, 1954-1955
Stalking the truth, 1955-1957
Rights and rites, 1958-1959
Journey to genesis, 1959-1961
Thundering genius, 1961-1963
It doesn't hurt to review, 1963-1964
Statesmanlike work, 1964
In residence, 1965-1966
Explaining dissent, 1966-1967
New Black, 1967-1968
We must construct a monument, 1968-1969
Champeenship of blackness, 1970-1971
Long-distance running, 1971-1974
I always said class and race, 1974-1977
Pushing Pushkin, 1977-1982
For freedom, 1982-1986
Dr. K's run, 1986-1987.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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