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Gaston Neal talks about what poetry is and the origins of it. He begins with a discussion of Egyptian writing, continues through to the oral tradition of Africa, and finally with poetry from African Americans. Neal reads folk tales and poetry from Africa; and poetry by African Americans, including Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, and Sterling Brown. He also reads a few of his poems. Three Washington, D.C. poets read poetry. The poems cover topics of black history, black identity, and religion. John Kinard introduces Gaston Neal.
Lecture and poetry reading. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings. Some of the content repeats over assets. AV003446: dated 19690217. AV003519, AV003515, AV003532, AV003445: undated.
Gaston Neal: 100 Years of Black Writing, Record Group AV09-023, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution