New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader

New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader


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ISBN-13: 9781608011490
Publisher: University of New Orleans Publishing
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Pages: 540
Sales rank: 705,314
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Tom Dent was an African American poet, essayist, oral historian, dramatist, and cultural activist. He was one of the founders of the New York based Umbra Writer's Workshop, the first major post-sixties organization of Black writers. Dent also served as the associate director of the Free Southern Theatre, founded the New Orleans based Congo Square Writer's Union, and co-founded Callaloo, A Quarterly Journal of African and African American Arts and Letters.

Kalamu ya Salaam is an American poet, author, filmmaker, and teacher from the 9th Ward of New Orleans. A well-known activist and social critic, Salaam has spoken out on a number of racial and human rights issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

New York years/umbra days

Younger Generation Sad Representative of American Youth 25

[When They Finished] 29

Legacy of the Scottish Owner's Will 33

Emotional Autobiography 45

UMBRA Days 49

Memorandum 63

Dave Brubeck 69

Dear Dr. Brayboy 73

Free southern theater/BLKARTSOUTH

Dear Leroy and Big Daddy 103

Beyond Rhetoric 119

Black Arts Movement in the South 135

Ritual Murder 137

Song of Survival 161

New Orleans

St. Joseph Night 183

A Critical Look at Mardi Gras 191

In Search of Black Indians 201

Report from New Orleans 233

New Orleans Versus Atlanta 237

Griot work

Poetry 259

A Memoir of Mardi Gras 1968 305

Inner Peace: Slow Drag for Pavageau 333

Black Music in New Orleans 341

The Adventures of King Zulu 345

The Legacy of Paul Robeson 349

Jazz and Heritage Festival 1976 355

Southern Journeys Treatment 361

Annie Devine Remembers 389


Tom Dent Talking: New Orleans as a Resource of Genius 417

Umbra Days Interview/New York Days Interview 433

Enriching the Paper Trail 467

Afterword 499

Thomas C. Dent: A Preliminary Bibliography 509

Acknowledgements 523

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