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Written by:
Gwendolyn Brooks, American, 1917 - 2000  Search this
Illustrated by:
Jeff Donaldson, American, 1932 - 2004  Search this
Published by:
Broadside Press, founded 1965  Search this
Owned by:
Furious Flower Poetry Center, American, founded 1999  Search this
Subject of:
AfriCOBRA, founded 1968  Search this
ink on paper
8 7/16 × 5 1/2 × 3/16 in. (21.5 × 14 × 0.4 cm)
Place printed:
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States, North and Central America
Place made:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
This is a paperback volume of poetry with black cover and the word "RIOT" in red san-serif typeface within a white irregular circle. The name "GWENDOLYN BROOKS" in white serif typeface are centered in the middle of the cover. The words "BROADSIDE PRESS $1.00" are visible in the lower left corner. On the back cover is a large black and white photograph of the author that fills two-thirds of the surface. The photograph depicts a woman with short hair, wearing a button down collared shirt. There is a dark window behind her. The remaining third of the cover shows text that read "RIOT/ is a poem in three parts, only one part of / which has appeared in print before. It arises from/ the disturbances in Chicago after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. / RIOT, BY GWENDOLYN BROOKS, $1.00/ BROADSIDE PRESS/ 12651 Old Mill Place Detroit Michigan 48238." On the frontispiece is a reproduction of a painting by Jeff Donaldson. It depicts two young men, both wearing white shirts and khaki pants. The taller man holds a small African statue in his right hand and presses his left hand up against a clear sheet of glass the stands between the him and the viewer. The younger man stands behind him and also presses his hand against the glass surface. The glass is indicated by a few semi-transparent vertical lines and several iterations of the word "glass" in various sizes across the surface of the painting. Beneath the image are the words ""Allah Shango," by Jeff Donaldson / This painting was the Purchase Award Winner at the exhibit "Black/ Expressions '69" at the Southside Community Art Center, Chicago."
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Gwendolyn Brooks. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
BAM (Black Arts Movement 1965-1976)
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture