Online event: "BAM! Chicago's Black Arts Movement"


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Chicago's Wall of Respect with text overlayed that reads "KBOO presents BAM! Chicago's  Black Arts Movement.  Online Panel Discussion Wed, Feb 24 6:30p - 7:30p. Register on Eventbrite for free access to full film and panel"
Published date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:50am


KBOO proudly presents
"BAM! Chicago's Black Arts Movement"

FILM VIEWING: Register to get link to view film and watch before attending the panel
LIVE PANEL: Wed, February 24
TIME: 6:30p - 7:30p
PRICE: Free (donations encouraged, text KBOOBAM to 44321 or click here to donate)

Register on Eventbrite for panel and link to watch film



Thabiti Lewis, BAM! filmmaker
Pavithra Narayanan, BAM! filmmaker
Angela Jackson, poet, playwright, and novelist
Useni Eugene Perkins,  poet, playwright, and youth worker


“BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement” features interviews with Adams, Haki Madhubuti, Safisha Madhubuti, Eugene Redmond, Mwata Bowden, Angela Jackson and many other artists and scholars. The film introduces viewers to the history of Chicago’s Black Arts Movement (BAM) and reflects on the extensive national and international impact of Chicago's Black writers, musicians and community organizers and the organizations and institutions that they supported and founded including the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), Negro Digest/Black World, Ebony Talent Agency (ETA), the DuSable Museum, Third World Press, Johnson Publishing, Kuumba Theatre, and the South Side Community Arts Center.


Thabiti Lewis is the author of Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America (2010) and "Black People Are My Business": Toni Cade Bambara’s Practices of Liberation (2020)

Pavithra Narayanan is the author of What are You Reading? The World Market and Indian Literary Production (2012) and the documentary film, India and Free Trade: A Closer Look at Bhopal (2000)

Angela Jackson is the Illinois Poet Laureate and, among many accolades, recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award and two American Book Awards

Useni Eugene Perkins was an influential activist in the Organization of Black American Culture and fused his professional career as a youth social worker with his creative expression as a writer


BAM Film Preview from Pavithra Narayanan on Vimeo.