African Americans and Identity in Writing (Part 4 of 10)

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Rita Dove, Edward P. Jones, Alice Walker and Jayne Cortez
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove reads her thrilling poem "Hattie McDaniel Arrives at the Coconut Grove" and discusses black identity and American culture. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones talks about the history of slavery; Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award-winner Alice Walker explains that writing must address a worldwide crisis; and poet, spoken-word artist and activist Jayne Cortez talks about the Watts Writers' Workshop of the 1960's.

Read an excerpt from Edward P. Jones' The Known World
Read an excerpt from Alice Walker's Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart

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Michael Silverblatt