Drumvoices Festival of Arts

Drumvoices Festival of Arts


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Miss Dunham’s intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian contributions have earned her many coveted

awards over the years. She acted as advisor on the First World Festival of Negro Arts, held in

Senegal in 1965 and 1966. In 1980, she was the subject of a television special entitled,

“Divine Drumbeats: Katherine Dunham and Her People.” 



Books by Eugene Redmond

Sides of the River (1969)  /  Sentry of the Four Golden Pillars (1970) / River of Bones and Flesh and Blood (1971) / Songs from an Afro/Phone (1972)

 In a Time of Rain & Desire (1973) / Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas (2003) / Drumvoices

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Books by and about Katherine Dunham


Katherine Dunham Dancing a Life  / Island Possessed  / Black Dance from 1619 to Today  /  A Touch of Innocence: A Memoir of Childhood


Dances of Haiti  /  Equality For A Lightning Bug: A Small Collection of Poems  /  Journey to Accompong


Kaiso!: Writings by and about Katherine Dunham  /  Katherine Dunham: Pioneer of Black Dance

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Katherine Dunham

(22 June 1909 – 21 May 2006)


Drumvoices Festival of Arts #2: October 24-27, 2006

(Celebrating the 20th Birthday of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club)


October 24:

        “Katherine Dunham: A Literary Tribute” (with dance/drum/jazz interludes)

     12:30 p. m. — Dunham Hall Theater  SIUE (free)  – Performers: Michael Castro, Community Performance

Ensemble, Roscoe Crenshaw, Mari Evans, Sherman L. Fowler, Charlois Lumpkin, Charlotte Ottley,

Howard Rambsy, Redmond, Darlene Roy, SIUE/ESL Center for Performing Arts, Jeffrey Skoblow,

Andrew Theising, Reginald Thomas, Lena Weathers.


“’Look on me and be renewed:’ Words from Indianapolis Poet Laureate Mari Evans”

     7:00 p.m. — Mississippi-Illinois Room SIUE (free) – Soular System Ensemble opens performance


October 25:


“Forests of Poetrees”: EBR Writers Club 20th Birthday Reception

     7:00 p.m. — Missouri History Museum, Lindell & DeBaliviere, St. Louis [by invitation]                                            


October 26:


“’The Architecture of Language’: A Poetry Reading by Quincy Troupe”

       12:30 p.m. – Dunham Hall Theater SIUE (free) – K. Curtis Lyle opens performance


“Fruits from Poetrees: EBRWC 20th Birthday & Awards Banquet”

                 7:00 p.m. — Casino Queen Hotel Ballroom   200 Front Street   East St. Louis (Tickets: $30.00)

(Featuring Evans, Troupe, Jazz, &  Photo Exhibits)

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Books By Katherine Dunham

posted  4 October 2006

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Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress

The Katherine Dunham Collection consists of materials purchased from the archives of the Dunham Centers in East St. Louis, Illinois, and is made possible through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Collection comprises 1,694 items in a variety of video/motion picture formats. It documents many aspects of Dunham’s dance career: her work as a choreographer, her dance technique and teaching method, various of her performances and productions, and her anthropological analysis of the dance and ritual of the African diaspora. The Collection also testifies to her global activism and leadership in the field of human rights and her advocacy of African American causes in her community.

The materials in this collection are housed and available for use in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Reading Room. Viewing requests should be directed to the MBRS Reading Room at 202-707-8572. Items should be requestedusing the “Motion Picture ID#” given in this document. The numbers found in the field labeled “Tape #” are only included for use in provenance tracking. (Those are the numbers that were on the tapes at the Dunham Center Archives in East St. Louis.) Continued . . .

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as “the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field ‘cut their teeth’.”

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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update 21 December 2011




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