Black Patience (Kobo eBook)

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2024 College Language Association Book Award Winner
2023 Hooks National Book Award Winner (Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change)
Honorable Mention, Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present 2023 Book Prize
Honorable Mention, 2023 John W. Frick Book Award (American Theatre and Drama Society)
Finalist, 2022 George Freedley Memorial Award of the Theatre Library Association.

A bold rethinking of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of Black theater

“Freedom, Now!” This rallying cry became the most iconic phrase of the Civil Rights Movement, challenging the persistent command that Black people wait—in the holds of slave ships and on auction blocks, in segregated bus stops and schoolyards—for their long-deferred liberation.

In Black Patience, Julius B. Fleming Jr. argues that, during the Civil Rights Movement, Black artists and activists used theater to energize this radical refusal to wait. Participating in a vibrant culture of embodied political performance that ranged from marches and sit-ins to jail-ins and speeches, these artists turned to theater to unsettle a violent racial project that Fleming refers to as “Black patience.” Inviting the likes of James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Douglas Turner Ward, Duke Ellington, and Oscar Brown Jr. to the stage, Black Patience illuminates how Black artists and activists of the Civil Rights era used theater to expose, critique, and repurpose structures of white supremacy. In this bold rethinking of the Civil Rights Movement, Fleming contends that Black theatrical performance was a vital technology of civil rights activism, and a crucial site of Black artistic and cultural production.

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781479806850
Publisher: NYU Press
Publication Date: March 29th, 2022