Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Letters to the Editor, Journal of Black Studies Poetry Issue
Letters to the Editor: Journal of Pan African Studies Poetry Issue
Although I am not a poet, I have been greatly influenced by Black Arts Movement poets , writers and editors particularly, Haki Madhubuti, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, Toni Cade Bambarra and Joe Dingane Goncalves. I visited Dingane often... when I first moved to the Bay Area in 1981 over on Divisadero Street at his New Day Bookstore. We were beginning to publish our journal, Foresight: A Holistic View of African- American Struggle. He was very supportive and saw it vital that I knew the link between all of the earlier grassroots publications that had existed such as SoulBook, Umbra, Liberator, Black Theater, Black Art and of course, his own Journal of Black Poetry and our project. He wanted me to know and understand that they along with the Black Scholar, Negro Digest/Black World, Black Books Bulletin, Nkombo, Muhammad Speaks and other independent outlets for black thought should not be taken for granted and be supported. He understood that a free ex-change of ideas, especially different ones, encouraged growth and enlightenment. We have a treasure trove of brilliant thinkers that are professional scholars, 'organic thinkers,' or individuals blessed with 'mother wit,' young and old who have always produced work and actions of depth and quality. Congratulations to Marvin X, who like the ones mentioned earlier is a keeper of the 60's Black Art Movement flame and one of our brightest scribes and Itibari Zulu, who knows the inherent importance of rigorous scholarship and art dedicated to freedom.
K. Tutashinda, D.C.
Imhotep Chiropractic & Wellness Center
This looks great. Somewhere in my papers I have a (1970's?) rejection slip from Gonzales. I didn't write my first poem until 1968. It was a response to being a social worker. When I started to work with black male incarcerated adolescents... addicted to heroin, the poet in me awoke...
I'm sending you two more unpublished poems.
Author, Poet, Visual Artist