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Writers' Conference

Between 1974 and 1983, the Howard University Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) sponsored the largest single regular convening of African American writers, artists, critics, and culture workers as part of its “National Black Writers Conference” series. All of the proceedings were recorded by IAH’s Media Documentation unit, but until recently, these proceedings remained unavailable to scholars and students of the Black Arts Movement, contemporary African American literature, Africana Studies, and related fields of scholarship for viewing. Through the generous support of an NEH Humanities Initiatives grant, proceedings from the conferences have been digitized and edited, and the ROAAR team will publish a collection of essays (forthcoming 2020) that reveals the ways these unique archival holdings must inform future scholarship on African American literature of this period. The full program for each conference is available for review here, and highlights of each conference are presented here in representative videos. 

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